Growing Zones: 6-9 outdoors(hardy down to 0℉) 6-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 6-8 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 6 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Camellia japonica 'April Snow'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, TN, TX
The Most Cold-Hardy Camellias
April Snow Camellias Are Cold Hardy Belles
- One of the most cold hardy Camellias
- Strong scented blooms
- Year-Round Interest
The most cold-hardy Camellia ever
The April Snow Camellia is able to thrive in conditions far north of its Southern cousins. If you're in Zones 6-9, you'll experience the large double white flowers from March through April.
Amazing white blooms are incredibly aromatic
You'll know spring has arrived when this beauty begins to bloom. The scent carries through the air and once you've experienced it, you know there is something nostalgic about the wonderful Camellia. Plant one in a container, or in your yard to enjoy and create memories for your own family. There is truly something magical about the aroma of the large beautiful blooms.
Huge bounty and various ways to share
While it may seem like a short blooming period, you won't be disappointed. It's quite the prolific performer and you'll have more flowers than you'll know what to do with. Admire your full tree, or trim some and bring inside to enjoy. They're quite impressive in a vase as a centerpiece. They're also a thoughtful gift to bring to a dinner party host - and your child's teacher will love receiving them as well. Between the beauty and the aroma, it's an exceptional plant.
Deep green foliage keeps this Camellia interesting all year long
While the April Snow Camellia puts on an impressive show in the spring, it is a steadfast tree that provides year-round beauty. Its large 4-inch leaves are thick and glossy. It's very versatile and is popular for use as privacy hedges or screens. Just plant 3-4 feet apart to quickly create your own private space. Many of our customers purchase one as an ornamental in the center of their yard. They're also wonderful when planted by a patio, window, or pool area where you can enjoy the sweet aroma year after year.
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Planting & Care
The April Snow Camellia (Camellia japonica 'April Snow') is considered to be the most cold tolerant of the camellia family. This partial sun loving, slow growing shrub is commonly planted in USDA growing zones 6-9 but like other camellias can be successfully container grown in areas too cold for them. The April Snow is a drought tolerant, compact shrub that delivers large, double white flowers in the beginning of March and last clean through April. Their thick, glossy foliage also makes them a great hedge plant or privacy screen with the addition of hundreds of fragrant blooms all over. The April Snow will mature to a height of 6-8 feet tall and about 6 feet wide so space them about 4 feet apart to make a decorative hedge.
Choosing a location: Camellias are very deer resistant and come in a wonderful range of different sizes, forms and colors. Although they can be a bit finicky with their requirements for planting, they’re fairly easy to grow.
Planting directions (in ground): It’s always good to test your soil with a pH meter before planting anything that requires more acidity to flourish.
1) Select a planting site where the soil is well draining and no standing water collects. Remember, camellias are susceptible to root rot. Afternoon shade is good to protect the camellia from getting too hot during the warmer months.
2) Camellias need a slightly more acidic soil to thrive; specifically a 6.0-6.5 pH is ideal. If you need to raise the acidity of your soil then mix in some peat moss, pine needles, lime, coffee grounds or decaying oak leaves.
3) Also, provide more nutrients by adding peat moss, compost or humus to the soil before planting. As they break down they will feed the camellia’s root system.
4) Dig your hole about 2 inches shorter than the depth of the root ball and 2 feet wider than the width. This will allow space for the roots to branch out and keep the top of the root ball above the rim of the hole. Loosen up the soil at the bottom of the hole with a gardening claw or rake in order to make it easier for the roots to expand.
5) Place your camellia on top of the loosened soil, the top of your root ball should poke out of the hole slightly. Carefully back-fill your hole with the enriched soil until the root system is completely covered and mound the soil over the top. Press down gently on the topsoil to stabilize your camellia.
6) Make a circular ridge of soil 2-3 feet away from the shrub and press down firmly to keep your soil from washing away.
7) Water thoroughly but do not leave your shrub in standing water. You’ll want to water regularly at first until the roots become better established, then soak once a week to encourage deeper root growth (camellia roots tend to stay more towards the surface). Adding mulch around your camellia will help the soil retain moisture, regulate temperature and prevent weeds from growing.
Planting directions (potted): Your camellias will thrive in pots but may require a little extra care for them to grow and flower. They will require repotting every 2-3 years since the soil will become depleted and heavy after about 3 years.
1) Your container will need to have adequate drainage since camellias hate to have wet feet. Lining the bottom of your container with 2-3 inches of gravel will help keep your roots from getting waterlogged. Also, make sure that the bottom of the container has drainage holes.
2) Different types of soil affect how quickly water drains. Instead of slow draining gardening soil, use a fast-draining soil mix that’s specific for container use. Amend commercial mixes with finely composted pine tree bark or similar organic materials to make a good planting medium.
3) When potting your camellia be sure not to plant it any deeper than it was in the original container it came in. You’ll want to avoid covering any surface roots, as this can be disastrous. Leave your soil level a couple inches lower than the rim of your pot.
Watering:Feel the soil under the layer of mulch every few days. If the soil is dry then gently give your camellia a few gallons of water, allow the water to soak into the soil as you pour. If you planted in the warmer season you may need to monitor the moisture every day. In cooler, moist weather you may not need to water for weeks. During the blooming season increase the watering a bit to encourage fuller blossoms.
Always be cautious of your watering habits though, waterlogging can lead to root rot, which can be lethal to your camellia. Potted camellias should be watered as needed. Using your finger, probe the soil to see how moist it is. Always allow your soil surface to become dry before watering but don’t wait to the point of drought stress. Water until you see water draining from the bottom of the pot.
Fertilizing: Fertilize your camellia in the spring after the flowers have dropped. Do not fertilize sick or distressed camellias or when temperatures are above 90 degrees because this can result in leaf burning. Using a soluble fertilizer for acid loving plants once or twice a month in spring and mid-summer is best.
A slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote or Dynamite is useful if you would like to fertilize your camellia less frequently. Another method is to use liquid fertilizer for acid loving plants, which is applied while watering or spraying in the growing season. The labels on each of the fertilizers will show you how much fertilizer to apply based on the size of your plant.
Pruning: After your blooming season has ended you’ll want to remove any dead or weak wood (a gray tinge to the bark is an easy way to identify dead branches). Thin out the growth a bit when your camellias become so dense that blooms will have difficulty emerging. Shorten lower limbs to encourage more upright growth and make scrawny shrubs a lot bushier. Prune the thick area on the stems, which will mark where the prior year’s growth ended.
Pruning above the growth scar will help motivate dormant buds to form below. Remove crossing branches to avoid scraping wounds, your camellia should be pruned to the point where a bird can fly freely through it. Thinning the center of the canopy improves air circulation, which prevents sooty mold and petal blight.
Prune your potted camellia’s stems back hard in the spring season after flowering. The buds form on the tips of the newer branches and pruning your potted camellia will keep them a more manageable size and will encourage more branching.
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