Camellia japonica 'Kumasaka'

Kumasaka Camellia

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Kumasaka Camellia is a larger evergreen shrub with an upright habit and glossy leaves that stay deep green year-round.  Kumasaka Camellia is a rare variety that blooms heavily even in its first year, producing large double to peony form rose pink flowers from late winter into early spring attracting butterflies.  Best blooms occur in partial sun and acidic, well-drained soil.  

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

8’ - 10’

Spread: 

5’ - 7’

Spacing: 

6’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

6 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Pink

Season of Interest: 

SpringYear-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Medium maintenance. Too much water retention can increase susceptibility to fungal diseases, including root rot, black mold, blight, canker, anthracnose, and leaf spots.  Watch for aphids and spider mites.   Yellowing leaves indicate acidity too low. Fertilize monthly in spring and summer. If desired, remove all but one bud from each cluster to increase the size of the flower. Prune immediately after flowering.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensNaturalized AreasScreeningFoundation Plantings, Hedges, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  AzaleaAstilbeHosta

Image: Photo by David J. Stang, Camellia japonica Kumasaka 5zzCC BY-SA 4.0

 

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