Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia 'Pink Perfection'

Camellia japonica

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Perfection
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter



Provides Winter Interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By simple layering

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lake City, Florida

Milton, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Nicholson, Georgia

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Preston, Maryland

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Brooklyn, New York

Oakland, Oregon

Charleston, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Bothell, Washington

Lakewood, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 14, 2013, TomPrestonMD from Preston, MD wrote:

Has done well here in MD zone7b flowers are beautiful and everyone I know that sees it wants one.


On Mar 23, 2013, RebeccaPinckney from Atlanta, GA wrote:

My dear Mother, a lady named Angel Brooks, introduced this lovely camellia to me from my grandmother's yard next door to our home in Tallahassee, Florida. She brought a cutting to my yard in Atlanta, GA in 1980 in honor of the birth of our first son. The plant has grown into a 4' x 5' shrub covered with the lovely pink blossoms year after year. Mama called it "Pink of Perfection", a term which I used into adulthood until I looked up the correct name in a botanical book. I still like my mother's version.


On Feb 27, 2010, sllplgitw from Nicholson, GA wrote:

Despite the weather, after twelve years, this slow grower has never failed to be covered with blooms of exquisite beauty with little care.


On Feb 20, 2009, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

You still can't beat the beauty of perfection in this lovely old favorite. It was my first camellia 60 years ago.


On Mar 12, 2006, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

The original Japanese name is Usu Otome. Imported to US in 1875. Blooms are near perfect, light, clear pink, formal doubles and are rather small. In victorian times the blooms of this variety were popular as boutonnieres.