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Camellia x williamsii 'Paradise Illumination' is a hardy evergreen shrub with large semi double flowers of glowing cerise pink in winter and spring. The flowers have crepey petals and bright yellow stamens. It has bushy upright growth, with glossy green leaves. It is suitable for hedging, espalier work or as a specimen plant. It can be grown in a large container. It can be kept to a lower height with regular pruning.
Camellias are best suited to partial shade, as well as full shade positions. They like some morning sun, and protection from hot afternoon sun. They like a slightly acid, moist soil. Water regularly until established. They will handle periods of drought once established. They can be left to grow naturally, or clipped to shape. Fertilise in spring with a camellia and azalea fertilser or general purpose fertiliser. A good layer of mulch around the plant will help to keep the root zone cool, deter weed growth, and conserve soil moisture. They have few pests or disease problems.
Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: spring winter
Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified
Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds, bees, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Good general purpose or azalea and camellia fertiliser
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose or azalea and camellia fertiliser.