LA Peppermint Camellia Japonica

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LA Peppermint Camellia

Camellia japonica 'la peppermint'

 

LA Peppermint Camellia is a wonderful variety from the 1800's that has stood the test of time for good reasons. In late winter through early spring it produces an abundance of fragrant, eye-catching double flowers with white or soft pink petals randomly streaked in red. Occasionally flowers may be half red and white to solid red. The striking flowers are set against a perfect backdrop of glossy, deep green foliage. it is ideal for use as a hedge, background plant, or in groupings and is especially nice as a corner plant or espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall) in home foundation plantings. As this camellia grows lower branches can be removed to form an attractive small evergreen tree that serves well as a colorful focal point specimen in landscape borders and home foundation plantings.

 

Mature Height : 8-10 feet

Mature Width : 6-8 feet

Exposure : Full to partial shade

Hardiness Zones : 7a-9b

 

 

Note about “Variegated” camellias

Some camellias have this peculiar habit of producing different colored flowers on different parts of the same plant. This is known as ‘sporting’ and is not unusual, although it can come as a surprise to anyone who is unaware or unfamiliar with camellias. Sporting is the way in which a plant reveals part of its genetic makeup or parentage. The most obvious sporting occurs where red and white camellias have been crossed to produce a mottled or variegated flowered hybrid. Such hybrids often also exhibit solid white, pink, or red flowers. this does not mean they will not still produce the variegated flower you were expecting, it just means that it can produce both, solid and variegated flowers