Camellia Tree

Facts About The Camellia Tree

If you would love a flowering shrub that produces huge colorful flowers, you should start thinking about getting a camellia tree. These trees are native to Asia but they are popular with gardeners all over the world. They are part of the theaceae family and there are over 3000 named varieties of this plant. The camellia tree is used in gardens, for landscapes, as screens and for hedges. They are also good for creating a bonsai plant because they grow a bit slow. But with all the different varieties, you can choose one that is perfect for you.

The camellia tree is a perennial plant that can grow to reach anywhere from 4 to 10 feet in height. But this all depends on your personal taste and how you are using the tree. For example, if you have planted a few trees for screening or a row of shrubs, you can keep the plant pruned to size. But if it is grown alone, you may want to let the plant get as big as it can.

The plant produces colorful blooms in the springtime and they are bigger flowers. They are round in shape and resemble a larger rose. They have several petals that make up the flower and when the blooms start to fall from the tree, the whole flower will drop. This leaves a blanket of color under the tree in the fall. The leaves on this tree are a deep green color and they are very glossy and thick. They are thinner and they have a longer shape. They surround the flowers and the leaves and blooms only appear on the top of the tree because the branches naturally grow in an upward position. The flowers are usually seen in white, red or pink and some varieties do have a slight scent. But it is said that only the true Asian varieties of the camellia tree do not have any scent.

One nice feature about this particular type of plant is that it can grow in cooler temperatures. It can live and thrive in temperatures that go below 10 degrees for a long period of time but this also means that it must be planted in a shaded area. Normally, plants that do well in winter cannot handle the extreme heat of the day and this plant is no exception. Scorching summer heat can bake the delicate flowers and the leaves can become dry and fall from the tree. To avoid this, you can place this plant under larger trees or plants that offer a bit of shading.

You will have to plant your camellia tree on a slight hill. This is because the plant’s root system can be damaged by standing water. You will want any water to naturally drain away from the plant. If you plan on planting more than one tree, you should prepare long rows and make sure that there is a trench on either side to catch the water. Once the plant starts to mature, you won’t have to worry about this problem as much. While the plant is growing, make sure to water it completely once a week.

During the summer months, you should place mulch around the base of the plant. When the temperatures rise, the soil also becomes warmer near the trunk of the tree. The mulch will help to keep the plant cooler. In the early morning, saturate the mulch so that is it soggy and keep it moist throughout the day. Make sure to remove the mulch before the winter. Too much moisture could accumulate and harm the roots.


 

 


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