Camellia-Cornish-Snow bushThis 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.

Camellia Cornish SnowType: Broad-leaved evergreen shrub

Outstanding Feature:Evergreen foliage; white flowers

Form: Lax

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.

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By Karen