Camellia japonica 'Elegans'
- 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: average
- Flowering period: February to April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A spreading evergreen shrub with anemone-form, deep rose-pink flowers from mid- to late spring and glossy, leathery leaves. It's ideal for a mixed or spring border and the foliage provides an excellent foil for early perennials. Where the soil is unsuitable or spring frosts are very severe, plants can be grown in large containers of ericaceous compost and brought indoors when necessary.
- 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 fertilise 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.
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