Camellia × williamsii ‘J.C. Williams’

hybrid camellia

Outstanding Qualities

In mid-winter a profusion of large single pale pink flowers with prominent central yellow tufts of stamens dot this large dark evergreen shrub. A vigorous grower with upright branches that become gracefully pendulous with age give a better view of the flowers at bloom time. As an added bonus the faded blooms drop unlike many of the Japanese camellias.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Use 'J.C. Williams' as a backdrop for a dazzling spring display of hellebores and bulbs, or arrange several plants to create a screen.

Great Color Contrasts: gold, variegated

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver, burgundy

Culture Notes

This late winter flowering camellia will grow best in light and open shade or in full sun out of hot, reflected heat. If planted in too much shade, flowering is greatly reduced. Camellias prefer a rich well-drained soil with regular watering during dry weather, especially in late summer to ensure a strong flower bud set for the winter bloom. A sheltered location near the house will help protect open flowers from hard frosts.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 8

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade or full sun - but avoid hot, reflected heat!

Water Requirements: regular watering