Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Tingley'

Camellia japonica and its cultivars are perhaps the most commonly grown of all plants within the Camellia genus. The wild species of Camellia is a native to both China and Japan and was originally introduced to Europe in 1739.

It is a large evergreen shrub with attractive, polished leaves. In fact, you can expect the 'Mrs. Tingley' cultivar to reach about 12 feet in height once mature. As a garden plant it is surprisingly hardy, but the 'Mrs. Tingley' cultivar is one of the earliest to flower, producing showy salmon round flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches from late winter to early spring.

Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Tingly'
Be aware, particular in northern European climates that damage can occur on the flowers as a result of the effects from early morning sunshine followed by frost. In areas prone to late frosts, plant Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Tingley' in a north or west facing site unless there is some light overhead shade from other trees that can offer some protection.

Like the majority of Camellias, the 'Mrs. Tingley' cultivar requires an acidic soil although they are a little more lime tolerant than the average Rhododendron. They will thrive in a good acid or neutral peaty soil, however if this is not available then dog in plenty of ericaceous compost before planting. If you can, water with rain water rather than tap water but if rain water is not available then feed with a water soluble, ericaceous fertilizer every few weeks over the growing period.

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