which of three camellias for low-ish hedge

jenlantiaNovember 1, 2013

Hello -

I am looking forward to a beautiful low hedge of those shiny green leaves on a south facing hedegline about 25 feet long. I have three common white blooming camellias to choose from - and wondered if anyone has reasons to choose one over the others. My dream hedge would start with plants 4 feet tall and the would grow to about 6 over several to many years, though it seems 8 or more is likely for many camellias. I am going to have to work on the hedge as the space is narrow. The three under consideration are:
Cam Sas. White Doves
Cam Sas . Setsugekka
Cam hybrid White Snowman

Thanks for any points to consider-


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vmr423(Zone 8b, SC)

Here are excerpts from the Web Camellia Register about plant habits:

'Setsugekka': Leaves deep green, a little weeping. Upright, fast grower. Early flowering.

'Mine-no-yuki' AKA 'White Doves': Leaves, dull, dark green, sometimes variegated, 4 cm x 2.5 cm, slightly serrate, apices blunt acute. Habit is willowy, spreading, medium vigorous and blooms heavily.

'Winter's Snowman': Plant growth is upright, average and medium, with dark green leaves 7.5 cm long x 3.5 cm wide.

You may also want to do an image search with your search engine of choice to get a visual idea of what these plants look like. If you're wanting shiny, dark leaves, Mine-no-yuki may not have leaves shiny enough?

I don't see a camellia hybrid named 'White Snowman', but 'Winter's Snowman' is a cold-hardy Ackerman hybrid. I would be curious to hear from anyone who has grown these cold-hardy hybrids in warmer areas of the country?

Here is a link that might be useful: Web Camellia Register

    Bookmark   November 2, 2013 at 3:06PM
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Thank you vmr423. Indeed I used google images but it is at times difficult to find a nice view of the established shrub. There are always good images of the blooms!
I'm having trouble deciding because two sound "floppy" and one - Winter Snowman seems like it will outgrow its space.

I'll make a choice today though!


    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 12:13PM
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vmr423(Zone 8b, SC)

I would guess any of those can grow rather large, but you should be able to keep them 'in line' by periodically cutting them back. Camellias don't mind some pruning/shaping; if you occasionally whack off the tops, they will grow out and get bushier.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 5:40PM
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