‘April Blush’ Camellia

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Camellia japonica ‘April Blush’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9b
Growing in Zones 6b to 9b, ‘April Blush’ is one of the most cold-hardy of the Japonica camellias. Elegant and fragrant, large, soft pink semi-double flowers with bright yellow anthers and a nearly white eye bloom from late winter through early spring. It has glossy, dark evergreen foliage. Grows to 10 feet.
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Growth Size:   Tall Shrub - 10 to 10 feet tall, 4 to 7 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Columnar - Rounded
Features:   Year Round Color and Interest, Screening, Easy to Grow, Long-lived
Heat Tolerant, Cold Hardy, Drought Tolerant (once established)
Attracts:   Bees, Pollinators
Garden Ideas:   
Asian-Zen, Woodland Shade, Cutting
Flower features:    Showy Flowers, Good for Cut Flowers
Large, semi-double, shell pink flowers that bloom in spring and fall
Foliage type and color:    Evergreen, Dark Green
Landscape Uses:    Shady areas, Woodland edge, Grouping, Beds
Accent, Border, Container, Mass Planting, Specimen
‘April Blush’ Camellia is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Tall Shrub - 10 to 10 feet tall, 4 to 7 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Slow
Spacing:   5-7 ft apart
Exposure:   Partial Shade to Full Shade
Watering:   Average   Evenly Moist
Soil Types:   Acidic   Moist, well-drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Care for your shrubs includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Camellias prefer acid soil and a shady site, particularly one that receives protection from the afternoon sun. A spot under the shade of high pine trees is ideal. Protection from winter winds can help prevent damage; look for a spot near evergreens or other windbreaks. Camellias need shallow planting. Dig a hole 3-5 times as wide as the container, and approximately 12 inches deep. Do not plant the top of the root ball below the level of the surrounding soil--slightly above the soil line is best. If needed, work organic matter such as composted pine bark into the planting area. Water well to settle the soil. Mulch with 2-3 inches of organic mulch, keeping the mulch away from the trunk of the plant.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Apply acidic fertilizer according to package directions in spring after flowering. If needed, fertilize again in midsummer. Camellias properly planted in rich organic soil generally will not need a second application of fertilizer.
General Pruning suggestions:    Pruning can help keep a more manageable or attractive size or shape, or encourage new blooms or vigorous new growth. To avoid unnecessary pruning chores, pick the right size plant for your available space -- for example, don’t plant a shrub that gets twelve feet tall in front of a low window. Unless they being used in a formal garden setting, plants look best when not sheared tightly into a square or round ball shape. If pruning a hedge, keep the top narrower than the base to form a slight angle, allowing sun to reach the bottom branches to avoid die-back at the base of the plant. Instead, preserve the natural growth habit of the shrub by pruning selected branches back to a fork, to the trunk, or to the ground, depending on the amount you wish to cut the shrub back. Do not remove more than 1/4 of the total plant at any one time.
Bloom Tips:    Remove flower stalks after blooms have faded
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9b

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