Camellia Japonica - EmpressScientific Name: Camellia japonica
Best Planted In Zone: 6-9
The Empress is a very colorful evergreen shrub which is known for its large pink and white marbled flowers. These cold hardy plants, which are very heat tolerant, can reach heights and spreads of ten feet or more! Empress shrubs rarely need pruning due to their well-rounded growth patterns and grow to a mature height of 20 to 25 feet. Their very showy, old-fashioned appearance is a wonderful addition to any landscape setting! USDA ZONES: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
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Select a site with well-drained soil that receives part shade or dappled shade. Dig a hole no deeper than the pot the plant came in but twice as wide. The base of the trunk should not be below the soil line. Remove the plant from the pot, and gently loosen the roots. Place it in the hole, adding soil to raise the height, if needed. Camellias love acid (pH 6.0 to 6.5), well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter such as chopped leaves or peat. DO NOT plant in waterlogged areas. Keep roots cool with a 2-inch layer of mulch.
The Empress shrub is both cold and heat tolerant yet still needs some TLC to ensure a beautiful plant. Frequent watering during its first year is a must, and the use of a slightly acid, rich, well-drained soil (similar to azalea planting) is best—good drainage for a camellia can be measured by digging your hole and filling it with water—if it takes an hour or two to drain that is perfect! Spring planting is best to establish a strong plant before freezing weather occurs. These shrubs require little if any pruning but if so it should take place right after blooming so as not to hinder future growth. The best spot for planting an Empress is in a partially shaded spot with some wind protection, and laying out a good mulch around the base to protect the root system and allow for moisture retention is highly recommended.