Camellia × williamsii ‘Donation’
© Michael LeGeyt
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.
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.