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Camellia japonica
( Ville de Nantes Camellia )

'Ville de Nantes' puts forth semi-double flowers in crimson with swirls of ivory and fringing to the margins. Slow growing, upright to spreading shrub or small tree with age. Oval, glossy, leaves and profuse winter to spring blooming flowers in milder climates. A true heritage plant, and favorite of Southern gardens. Numerous cultivars available with every imaginable shade of pink, red, white and combination of available. Camellias must have acidic, well-drained soil and be planted high (trunk base is well above the soil line) in a protected climate, free from extended heavy freezes. Mulch to keep roots cool. These are the primary golden rules and should not be deviated from or you are flirting with disappointment. Sounds obsessive, we know, but truth is our mission! Camellia petal blight can be a serious problem. Good sanitation practices are the best preventative route (Keep dropped leaves and flowers swept up and destroyed - we recommend not even returning them to your compost pile.).

How to Grow this Plant:

Cultivar:Ville De Nantes  
Size:Height: 10 ft. to 12 ft.
Width: 3 ft. to 10 ft.  
Plant Category:landscape, shrubs, trees,  
Plant Characteristics:high maintenance, round,  
Foliage Characteristics:evergreen,  
Foliage Color:dark green,  
Flower Characteristics:double, old fashioned/heritage, showy,  
Flower Color:reds, whites,  
Tolerances:heat & humidity,  
Flowering Time Range:Late Winter to Late Winter  
USDA Hardiness Zone:7 to 8  
AHS Heat Zone:3 to 3  
Light Range:Part Shade to Part Sun  
pH Range:4.5 to 6.5  
Soil Range:Mostly Sand to Some Clay  
Water Range:Normal to Moist  

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