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Camellia Japonica - Professor Sargent

Scientific Name: Camellia japonica
Best Planted In Zone: 7-9


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The Professor Sargent Camellia (sometimes called the "Charles S." Sargent Camellia) is a vibrant and colorful evergreen shrub which showcases wonderful double dark-red flowers from late winter until early summer arrives! These wonderful attention-getting plants reach mature heights of nearly 10 feet with a 7 to 8 foot spread (making them a perfect specimen or background beauty!). Although some additional TLC may be necessary, this wonderful shrub is frequently grown successfully in zones 6 and 10. USDA ZONES: Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen shrubs can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
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 Professor Sargent 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 a sargent 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.

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