PLANT OF THE MONTH

EDP Norfolk - - HOMES & INTERIORS -

Camel­lia japon­ica ‘Vol­un­teer’

This re­cently in­tro­duced, large-flow­ered Camel­lia pro­duces its un­usual bi-coloured blooms from Jan­uary to March. It opens a soft pink with a lighter edge; the flower then deep­ens with age with the edge re­main­ing light, mak­ing the two-tone ef­fect more prom­i­nent. ‘Vol­un­teer’ is a rel­a­tively com­pact Camel­lia grow­ing to around 2.5m when fully grown; it prefers acid soil in a par­tial shaded po­si­tion avoid­ing the early morn­ing sun which could scorch the flow­ers. It also makes an ex­cel­lent con­tainer spec­i­men.

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