Camellia williamsii AnticipationCamellia x williamsii are a group of hybrid evergreen shrubs resulting from a cross between Camellia saluenenensis and Camellia japonica. There are over 100 named cultivars from this cross and ‘Anticipation’ is one of the best. It has an upright, tight habit and bright green glossy foliage. The double, deep rose-pink flowers are up to five inches across and resemble peonies. They open in late winter to early spring and are very susceptible to sun damage after a frost. If the frozen buds are thawed too quickly by the morning sun they turn brown so plants should be placed so that morning sun does not reach the flowers.

Type: Deciduous shrub

Outstanding Feature: Flowers

Form: Narrowly upright

Growth Rate: Rapid

Bloom: Rose-pink, double flowers up to five inches across in late winter to early spring

Size: 13’ H x 6.5’ W

Light: Partial shade but no morning sun

Soil:Humus-rich, moist, well-drained, acid

Zones 7-9

Care: Mulch in summer to conserve moisture; water during periods of dryness to prevent bud drop

Pests and Diseases: Aphids, scale insects, vine weevil, virus

Propagation: Semi-hardwood cuttings

By Karen