Camellia × williamsii ‘Donation’

hybrid camellia

  • © Michael LeGeyt

Outstanding Qualities

It’s not an exaggeration to say that this has long been considered one of the finest camellias ever bred. ‘Donation’ produces large, semi-double orchid pink flowers in abundance. The flowers show well against the deep dark green shiny foliage. All of this on a vigorous, compact upright shrub. As an added bonus the faded blooms drop unlike many of the Japanese camellias.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

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

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

Plant Height-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

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

Seasonal Interest: late winter flowers, year-round shiny foliage

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Use 'Donation' as a backdrop for a dazzling spring display of hellebores and Pulmonaria, 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.