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Camellia japonica 'Professor Charles S. Sargent'

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Professor Charles S. Sargent

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DreamOfSpring On Mar 31, 2005, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

Developed at Magnolia Gardens, Charleston, SC in 1925. Blooms around Christmas time. Full peony-type flowers are a rich, dark red.

This is probably my 2nd favorite of all my camellias. The blooms are full, tight peony style - to me they look like carnations - and are a rich, dark crimson color that I have not been able to capture on a photograph. It is entirely carefree. I do nothing more than "hack" it back after it blooms. It is growing in deep shade on the North side of my house. It blooms heavily each year starting around Christmas and continuing into early March.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fallbrook, California
La Jolla, California
Laguna Beach, California
San Clemente, California
Bartow, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Simmesport, Louisiana
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Greenville, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Broaddus, Texas
Houston, Texas
Huffman, Texas
Livingston, Texas

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