Camellia × williamsii 'Jury's Yellow'
- Position: partial shade (but not east-facing)
- Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil (or ericaceous compost for container-grown specimens)
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: March and April
- Flower colour: white with a pale yellow centre
- Other features: glossy, bright green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The name is slightly deceptive as the larger, outer petals that form are white. They do however have a ruff of pale yellow petals at the centre of each flower that give it a lemon hue. The glossy, bright, evergreen leaves really set the beautiful flowers off a treat. If happy these plants will produce literally masses of flowers that fall from the plant when they are done and create a beautiful carpet around its base. Avoid planting in a spot that gets morning sun though as this may cause the flowers to turn brown before their time. Slightly variable in habit, it has an eventaul height of between 2.5 and 4m.
- Garden care: To prevent damage to the emerging buds and flowers protect from cold, dry winds and early morning sun. Water established plants in dry weather to prevent bud drop. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser in mid-spring and again in June. Top-dress annually with shredded bark or well-rotted leaf mould. After flowering lightly trim or prune any branches that spoil the appearance of the plant. Protect container-grown specimens in winter by wrapping with bubble wrap or hessian.
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