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Camellia x williamsii 'Paradise Illumination' (Camellia)

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Plant description

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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.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: spring winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, bees, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Diseases

Petal botrytis

Pests

Good general purpose or azalea and camellia fertiliser

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose or azalea and camellia fertiliser.

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