One of the best red flowering Camellias is Camellia ‘Yuletide’.
The combination of the deep green glossy foliage and red flowers with yellow stamens makes this a very attractive feature plant even for a small garden or courtyard. The flowers are singles at around 8 cm across, and appear in profusion from autumn to winter..
In the northern hemisphere it will flower just before Christmas, in the southern hemisphere it flowers in autumn to winter.
It makes a great feature plant and is also suited to using as hedge. Growth rate is regarded as slow, however with good soil and appropriate fertiliser it should grow well.
Having a naturally upright habit Camellia ‘Yuletide’ works well as a low to medium screening plant. Also suited for use as an espalier if trained from an early stage.
Camellia ‘Yuletide’ Care
Once established this is a virtually no maintenance plant. Occasional pruning to maintain the desired shape and height, along with yearly applications of fertiliser and mulch will be all that is required.
This is a camellia that is suited to growing in containers. Use a good quality potting mix and apply a specialist camellia fertiliser each year. Although slow growing, it also makes an attractive hedging plant. Try spacing at around 1m apart for a dense hedge over time.
If you miss a year with fertiliser or mulch, this tough plant will survive with ease.
Camellia ‘Yuletide’ Summary Information.
- Height – Over time you can expect Camellia ‘Yuletide’ to reach around 2 metres in height.
- Spread – To around 1.5 to 2 metres depending on pruning regime.
- Growth rate – Slow to medium.
- Position -Best is full sun to a little afternoon shade in warmer climates.
- Soil – Humus rich and well drained.
- Drought tolerance – Medium to good once established
Camellia ‘Yuletide’ is available for sale from the following nurseries
WISHING WELL NURSERY phone : (03) 9756 6107
407 -409 Monbulk Rd, Monbulk VIC 3793