Seeking advices on Camellia Japonica for hedges
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.