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Camellia japonica ( Grand Prix Camellia )

‘Grand Prix’ bears ample, semi-double flowers in fiery crimson with gold stamens. Slow growing, upright to spreading shrub or small tree with age. Oval, glossy, leaves and profuse winter to spring blooming flowers in milder climates. A true heritage plant, and favorite of Southern gardens. Numerous cultivars available with every imaginable shade of pink, red, white and combination of available. Camellias must have acidic, well-drained soil and be planted high (trunk base is well above the soil line) in a protected climate, free from extended heavy freezes. Mulch to keep roots cool. These are the primary golden rules and should not be deviated from or you are flirting with disappointment. Sounds obsessive, we know, but truth is our mission! Camellia petal blight can be a serious problem. Good sanitation practices are the best preventative route (Keep dropped leaves and flowers swept up and destroyed – we recommend not even returning them to your compost pile.).