This large broad-leaved evergreen shrub is a cross between Camellia cuspidate and C. saluenensis. It is fast growing and forms a loose bush with slightly pendant branches. The glossy leaves are about two inches long and are bronze-purple when young, turning dark green when mature. The 1¼ inch wide flowers appear in early spring and are white tinged with pink on opening. Because of their small size, the flowers are less susceptible to wind and frost damage than large flowered camellias. Like other camellia’s ‘Cornish Snow’ grows best in a protected site away from wind and early morning sun that can damage flower buds. Excellent against a south wall as long as sufficient soil moisture is maintained. Its lax growth habit makes it a good choice for woodland gardens.
Type: Broad-leaved evergreen shrub
Outstanding Feature:Evergreen foliage; white flowers
Growth Rate: Rapid
Bloom: White, 1 ¼” wide flowers tinged with pink on opening’ early spring
Size: 10-15’ H x 5-10’ W
Light: Partial shade to sun
Soil: Humus rich, moist, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic
Hardiness: Zones 7-9
Care: Lightly prune to maintain shape if necessary; remove dead wood in early spring.
Pests and Diseases: Aphids, scale insects, vine weevil, virus
Propagation: Semi-hardwood cuttings.