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Is Camellia an Evergreen?

Updated April 17, 2017

There are many varieties of camellias, though the common, or japonica, variety is most prevalent in the United States. These plants are native to China, and are extremely popular throughout the southern United States.

Evergreens

Camellias are evergreens, with dark green leaves that are glossy and dense. They are a shrub and commonly used as hedges. They can grow anywhere from 4 to 12 feet tall.

Bloom

Aside for being prized for their abundant foliage, camellias are popular because of their late bloom. Typically, camellias flower in the late winter and early spring. The flowers are usually a rich pink, red or white and are a great addition to a winter garden.

Hardiness

Camellias are a hardy plant that thrives best in hardiness zones 6B through 9B.

Watering and Care

Camellias have average water needs and are relatively easy to care for.

Sun

While these plants generally prefer partial shade, camellias prefer direct light in the colder months.

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Marie Greene is an art and architecture writer in New York. She completed an undergraduate degree in Economics and English and holds a Masters Degree in Architecture.