Seeking advices on Camellia Japonica for hedges

chaos(z8 CA)June 13, 2005

I have a couple of spots in my backyard hedge available for new trees. The existing hedge is mixed with Photinia, Pittosporum and a third kind of tree whose name I don't know. I decided that I want to plant some Camellias on those empty spots. I've checked with a few local nurseries, but the problem is that most of the nursery people I talked to didn't even know that (some varieties of) Camellia makes a wonderful choice for hedges, so I was not getting much help there on which Camellia cultivar to go with.

I've decided on a few requirements on the features of the Camellia cutivar I want. I've been searching the web on the weekend for info., but I'm getting lost on the hundreds if not thousnads of Camellia cultivars available. Most of the info. I found doesn't say much about the growth behavior and/or if a particular Camellia is suitable for hedges.

The features I'm looking for are:

- fast growing upright bush.

(My fence is about 5.5' tall, and I keep the hedge at around 9' tall. Ideally I'd like to plant 4'-5' tall Camellias that can grow to fill the empty spots within one to two years, so they have to grow one to two feet a year.)

Something that can grow from 4'-5' to like this tall Cmellia shrub within one year or two would be perfect.

- nice and dense dark green foliage--I think this makes Camellia Japonica a better choice than other Camellia cultivars.

- grow white or creamy white or very light pink or light yellow flowers.

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.

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I don't have that much experience with a large variety of camellias, but I do know a lot about one which might fit your bill. Camellia 'Magnoliaflora' has white blooms blushed with pink and outstanding foliage. It's lovely even when out of bloom, since its leaves are smallish and a very glossy green with lighter veining. The leaves look like they're made of porcelain. It grows reasonably well, and will take full sun if the roots are cool and the soil not dry.

I have three planted along the north side of my deck, and they make a dense, attractive 8-9 ft. hedge. The only problem is that they grow about a foot to 18" per year, slower than you're looking for. On the other hand, camellias aren't known for being fast growers.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 11:01AM
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Camellia japonica is very good for hedges.
I know big hedges of Camellia japonica in Galicia (Spain).
But this annual growth, which you want for your Camellias, I believe that she is not possible.
To obtain one I peeped or more of annual growth only can be obtained in very good conditions of culture.
And a lot of varieties grow towards the sides and little in vertically.

In the collection of more than three hundred elderly and modern Camellias of Soutomaior's Castle, it is possible to observe the growth of many of you them will cultivate.

Good varieties of vertical growth: MORNING GLOW, PRESTON ROSE, ORANDA-KO AND SAWADA.

The densest hedges and more recortables for having the small leaves, are obtained by species of Camellia as: Camellia sasanqua, Camellia vernalis or Camellia wabisuke

Camellia japonica cv.'SAWADA'

The Camellias grow very much, but they need many years to develop her height.

In order that they grow well you have to obtain:
To cultivate adapted.
Appropriate climate.
Appropriate soil
Good fertilization.
Good taken care of gardening.
Good luck.
The best thing that you can do is to buy Camellias of the definitive size. To give form to the Camellia and to support them in the height that you want.

Camellia's plants, which stand out as hedge, lose many flowering. The flowers are born in the apexes of the branches.
Due to this circumstance, it gets used to planting hedges, the Camellias of simple flower, obtained of seeds.
Pardon for my evil English.

Here is a link that might be useful: Camellias in A Toxa

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 1:33PM
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