billri, please tell me about April Dawn Camellia!

muffin1358(6/MA)April 5, 2014

billri,

I saw that you posted about April Dawn on the Camellia Forum. And your picture has me intrigued. I love the idea of a flowering evergreen.

When I googled for more info it came up saying winter flowering...is that true?

How is yours doing after this grueling winter season?

Please feel free to post more pictures! :)

Thanks!

muffin

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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Hi Muffin,

The "April Dawn" has been in the ground for about five years now. It's under an American holly tree somewhat and is about four and a half feet tall and about three feet wide, but still not fully "bushy". It had about thirty flowers last year, and there are maybe forty buds this year. It blooms here in late April into May, depending on the weather. The plant looks fine but the buds so far show no sign of swelling or color. It may just be late, or they may have been damaged. Read below about my "April Blush", which I hope is indicative of the potential for my "April Dawn" and "April Rose". I go check on the buds every day now, hoping to see some sign that they will open soon.

My "April Blush" camellia has performed well for over 13 years. It's just a bit above the six-foot-high fence, and about five feet wide. Last year was by far it's best year as far as shear number of blooms, I'd say 150+ easily. It's bloom time here is April to May. This year, so far, the plant itself looks fine. It probably has a few more buds than it did last year, however, I don't see any color or signs of buds swelling yet, and that may indicate that the buds were killed by the cold. It remains to be seen. But overall, I am very pleased with this beautiful evergreen shrub.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 5:43PM
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muffin1358(6/MA)

Thank you! This sounds like something I might be able to consider using as a foundation planting.

Did you purchase locally or order online?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 8:47PM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

"April Dawn" and "April Rose" I actually found at Logee's (Danielson, CT) and I bought the "April Blush" locally at Forest Hills Nursery (Cranston, RI). But I would also suggest that if you can't find them locally, Camforest Nursery (online - NC) has a good selection. That's where I bought my "Snow Flurry" (fall blooming type), and they seem to have a good reputation, based on customer reviews as well.

You mention using them as foundation planting, but I wouldn't plant them in full sun. They prefer dappled shade, or only late day sun if possible. Good luck in your search!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 5:36AM
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muffin1358(6/MA)

Thank you for the info about full sun...the area I'm thinking of is full sun.

Perhaps holly or boxwood would be better for what I need.

Thanks again for your help!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 6:24PM
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