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Yuletide Camellia

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This camellia shouts Happy Holidays! This carefree evergreen shrub blooms from November through January.

Yuletide gets its name because it blooms for Christmas and people cut them for arrangements and float them in bowls. Camellias are easy to grow if they are planted high. Dig a wide shallow hole. Debutante is also an early blooming one that was one of the earliest in America. Visit Magnolia in Charleston SC or attend a camellia show and you'll be hooked. We have a couple of thousand varieties. Growers are usually willing to share scions for cuttings or grafting.
grimm, Metairie, LA

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Yuletide Camellia

Cheer-Up Your Winter with Bright Red Flowers

Size:  3 Gallon

Ships this Mon, Jul 28
List: $73.95
Sale: $49.55
6 at $47.07 ea.
Planting Mix for Camellias
Planting Mix

Helps your Yuletide Camellia get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

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Yuletide Camellia
Fertilizer Tablets
Yuletide Camellia

Fertilizer Tablets

This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.

Fertilizer Tablets
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• Gorgeous winter blooms
• Requires no maintenance
• Drought tolerant

The Yuletide greets your visitors throughout the holiday season… and most of winter!

Blooms begin in September and continue throughout much of December, even into January.

As an evergreen, this shrub can be used as a property barrier, foundation planting or accent plant in any area of your garden.

Camellias are virtually maintenance free, requiring no care… they just bloom year after year! However, if you do decide to trim your camellia, you will be rewarded with double the blooms the following year.

The Yuletide Camellia grows to an impressive 8-10 ft. high and 6-8 ft. wide. Extremely drought tolerant, once established… this shrub can handle any conditions Mother Nature throws at it!

Your Yuletide arrives as a large, well developed 3 gallon plant... ready to bloom this season.

Growing Zones: 7-9

Mature Height: 8-10 ft.
Mature Width: 6-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'
Does not ship to: AZ, TN, TX
Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-9
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Yes... Your Yuletide Camellia can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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It's Easy to Plant your Yuletide Camellia

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Yuletide Camellia.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Yuletide Camellia gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Yuletide Camellia again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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By: grimm
Yuletide gets its name because it blooms for Christmas and people cut them for arrangements and float them in bowls. Camellias are easy to grow if they are planted high. Dig a wide shallow hole. Debutante is also an early blooming one that was one of the earliest in America. Visit Magnolia in Charleston SC or attend a camellia show and you'll be hooked. We have a couple of thousand varieties. Growers are usually willing to share scions for cuttings or grafting.

By: chris J.
I live in zone 7. Got it in june & it is thriving really well under a dappled/filtered light. Leaves are now very lush, green & glossy! Hopefully it will bloom this first season! Will give an update & maybe post a pix when it blooms.

By: Marian Erwin
Little camelia seems to have settled in nicely in FL, has many buds and three have opened into beautiful blooms. Very pleased with this choice.

By: Katherine
Wow! I bought three shrubs from Fast-Growing Trees and they came in excellent, excellent shape! I bought this Yuletide Camellia and cannot wait for it to bloom! The winters are always so blah. This will cheer me up for sure!

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Will this grow in pots?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I would think that it would. I have grown several other types of camellias in pots and have had
great success with them. Camellias are my favorite flowers and I wish you luck with yours.
Reply · Ann L on Jun 1, 2014
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Is Yuletide suitable for espalier use in a two foot wide area between a driveway and a brick wall?

A shopper on Jun 21, 2014
Best Answer: We have the Yuletide Camellia growing in a two foot wide by the parking lot. Just make sure the soil underneath is in good shape with the nutrients it needs. We had to dig out lime and clay that was more than regular soil. Then we placed mix soil with peat moss, top soil, sand, and mulch under and around the plant. After it had been in the ground for about a month we put fertilizer 18 inches away from roots and watered. Then for some reason it wasn't growning so I put a fungus disease removal in two gallons of water. Have two plants so I put one gallon on each one and about 3 weeks later they are growing real well. More and more growth from a 3 gallon plant that was mailed to us.
Reply · Virgil K on Jun 21, 2014
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I live in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia, do you think it gets to cold here for a Yuletide?
Courtney C on Jun 12, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately Pennsylvania gets a little too cold for the Yuletide Camellia.
Reply (1) · Allison BStaff on Jun 18, 2014
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Hello good folks,
I would like to plant several of the Pink Debutante Camellia for a hedge in the front of my yard to replace the privets that I just tore out. How far apart should I plant them?

Cadge on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: I planted mine with Juniper Wichita Blue in between them. But the Yuletides have a spread of 6-8 ft. So I would plant them 5 ft. apart to ensure privacy. That's center to center on the plants. Hope it helps.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace; whose mind is staid on thee.
Reply (1) · Joseph P on Jun 20, 2014
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My yuletide camellia that I purchased from you a couple months ago looked like it was wilting because it needed water. I gave it lots of water, and about a week later it looked worse. Any suggestions? (my other varieties still look good)
A shopper on Jun 16, 2014
Best Answer: I live near the Chesapeake Bay. We have very humid summers. Let me tell you what I did. I planted it around May - I think - in a brick tree box with a bottom open to the earth so the roots could expand indefinitely if necessary. I watered it heavily when I first planted it and topped off the soil with large wood chips. I also soaked the wood chips. I may have watered it heavily again the next day, but I can't remember. Then I went out of town for 2-3 weeks. I believe my housemate may have watered it once while I was gone. That was the last time it was tended to by a human other than pulling some creeping vines off it. I have not watered it since, nor given it plant food, nor replaced the wood chips. It bloomed nicely in late fall/early winter. We had an unusually long winter and it lost all of its leaves. At the moment it has new growth (leaves at least) on the top. The lower branches are still completely without leaves. I still have done nothing to it other than to keep vines from overtaking it. I am curious to see how well it will do this next year.
Reply (1) · Serena G on Jun 16, 2014
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2 years ago I planted 2 Yuletides. Part sun, part shade, well drained. One died last year, now the other has started. One branch at a time. The leaves turn a bronze color, then brown and die. What could be causing this?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: This could be a sign that your Camellias are receiving the incorrect amount of water. If the leaves curl upwards after they turn brown this is a sign of under watering. If they turn brown and look droopy and heavy then this is a sign of over watering.

This could also be a result of pests. Do you see any visible signs of bugs on your tree? If so apply seven dust or an organic pesticide to it.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 18, 2014
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In Vancouver, Washington our Yuletide Camellia has black moldy stuff on the leaves. What is this? How do we correct it?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: It could be a fungus. Wipe the leaves with a warm moist paper towel or towel to get ride of the residue. You can also wipe your tree down with a soap and water solution with 3 parts water and one part soap. Use a non harmful soap like Dawn or Dial. Also you can spray your Camellia with a fungicide.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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