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Debutante Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Debutante'

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Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9
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Mature Height:

15 ft.

Mature Width:

8 ft.


Partial Sun


8-10 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Camellia japonica 'Debutante'

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Full - Pink Blooms Every Spring

Debutante Camellias Show Off Pink Blossoms in Early Spring

- Impressive 4 inch pink blooms
- Evergreen foliage makes it perfect for privacy screens
- Drought tolerant and easy to grow

An impressive sight to any garden enthusiast is the beautiful Debutante Camellia. Large, explosive blooms cover this shrub in early spring... lasting for months.

These blooms put on a display that is sure to get the neighbors' attention.

This shrub also makes a great hedge or privacy screen, blocking out unsightly areas such as homes, construction or roads.

Camellias may appear delicate and frail and finicky because of their incredibly beautiful and fragrant flowers. The truth? They are easy to grow, and require little attention to reach full maturity and longevity.

Plant the Debutante Camellia at any time of year and receive her fragrant blossoms in your garden!

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I lived in Northern Virginia (zone 7) with the dreaded clay soil. What a marvelous camellia. It didn't require special care and kept blooming and blooming. This is a winner!
January 1, 2013
The plant arrived in beautiful condition. Unfortunately there was some deer damage from last fall but the remaining blooms were good size and quite beautiful this spring.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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I love this plant. I have 2 in the windows of my art studio to see these blooms. I just wish they were blooming more throughout the year.
September 8, 2015
over 3 years ago
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beautiful color
this tree is gorgeous in bloom and attractive with just foliage. hardy through a rare freeze here, just had a few frostbitten blooms and some yellow leaves. came right back after the freeze and is very green and full this spring.
May 3, 2016
camden, SC
1 year ago
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My first debutante was given to me in 1950. I had to leave it when I moved to Florida. Now I am starting over and this new one is surviving beautifuly.
September 17, 2016
Fernandina Beach, FL
9 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Debutante Camellia

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

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

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.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Debutante 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 Debutante Camellia again after the transplant is complete.

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Doing well ,pleased with its growth.
Ethel M on Mar 22, 2017
I love the dainty quality of the flower. The petals remind me of a ruffled dress. The color is absolutely beautiful.
Elvia C on Mar 1, 2017
Doing well ,pleased with its growth.
Ethel M on Mar 22, 2017
Flower is a beautiful graceful color
Sylvie S on Mar 9, 2017
I love the dainty quality of the flower. The petals remind me of a ruffled dress. The color is absolutely beautiful.
Elvia C on Mar 1, 2017
For the flowering time to add color during the late winter and early spring time frame and the potential size this plant can get to.
Kenneth G on Feb 14, 2017
Fragrance, shade loving that blooms in winter.
Janet O on Mar 4, 2016
PATRICIA S on Feb 26, 2016
I have 13 varieties of Camellias this is one of them
Rick L on Sep 16, 2015
I like the flower and it can lives in my area.
Ying W on Sep 11, 2015
Flower is a beautiful graceful color
Sylvie S on Mar 9, 2017
For the flowering time to add color during the late winter and early spring time frame and the potential size this plant can get to.
Kenneth G on Feb 14, 2017
Will camellia tolerate clay soil?
Tom R on Nov 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Camellias like good drainage which heavy clay does not provide. If you have heavy clay, it would be best to amend it with plenty of organic matter (decayed leaves is great and adds to the acidity of the soil, which Camellias like), and be sure not too plant too deep. The top of the soil in the pot should be level or even slightly higher than the level of the ground soil when you are through planting. If you have a raised bed, that would be a good place to plant your Camellia, too.
why doesn't my Camellia bloom. ??
M j on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There are a number of reasons a Camellia isn't blooming. The buds for Debutante form in late spring and open in fall, so if you let your bush get dry, particularly in late summer, the buds can abort. Over fertilizing can also cause buds to drop, and your shrub might have a fungal disease that is making the buds fail. You can contact your local Extension Agent to help decide what your problem is; they are familiar with local conditions and and can visit on-site to determine what is causing your buds to fail and suggest remedies for the problem.
when is the best time to plant the camellia plant?
jeanette g on Aug 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It depends in which part of the country you are in. The best time is always Spring, but they certainly need time to bed in before the Winter season hits. I live in Brooklyn, NY and they struggled in our tough winters. They are wonderful plants but they are not too northern friendly.
Is this fragrant? How long does it take to grow tall?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We bought 10+ Debutante Camellia last spring.
They all survive last extreme cold weather in South Washington
and healthy. But they grow slow (about 4" taller), but we believe
the coming year they shall grow faster as once those trees established
in the first. There were few flowers but we are not sure they were fragrant.
How fast does this variety reach 8 feet? Would get very little sun where I would plant.
Jean B on Jan 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought this tree in April 2015. In this short period of time, the tree has not gained any height. It is next to border fence and under shade of Poplar tree, so I did not expect much growth. It had several beautiful buds but the surprisingly severe NC weather this year caused the buds to fall off before reaching full bloom. I have high expectations for next year. The tree is covered in ice at this tie, but leaves are still green. I believe it will survive this cold blast.
Is this the type of camellia that is an evergreen?
Judith S on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My camellia is currently encased in ice, but the leaves remain green.
May I still plant trees in this hot summer time?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If temperatures aren't scorching hot, in the 90's or above you can go head and plant the Debutante Camellia.
Why don't you ship this plant to TX? I live in Central TX and am looking to find evergreen shrubs that can provide both privacy (from staying thick green all the time) and beauty (from long-lasting blooms/flowers). Any other plants you can suggest?
Texindo on Oct 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your interest in our Debutante Camellia. Due to the agricultural restrictions in Texas we are unable to ship this plant to you from South Carolina.
can you container grow them?
Rex V on Jun 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this shrub adapts well to being grown in a container. You will need a fast-draining, acidic potting medium, preferably one with composted bark rather than a peat based mix. The roots in a container can suffer damage if the soil in the pot freezes, so if you have night temperatures below 20-25 degrees F., you might need to protect your pot or bring it into a garage until night temperatures are higher. If you need to overwinter your Camellia indoors, it will need plenty of cool, direct sunlight. Plant your Camellia in a container a couple of inches larger than the root ball, and replant every couple of years, increasing the size of the pot as the plant gets larger. Do not plant it any deeper than it was in the last pot, as its roots need to be near the surface. Your pot should have excellent drainage, preferably with several drainage holes as Camellias cannot tolerate wet feet, and you should let the pot dry out for the top couple of inches before watering.

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