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April Kiss Camellia Japonica
Get all the details below about the gorgeous April Kiss, a cold hardy Camellia that produces fully double pink blooms tinted with light pink to red. Rest assured, when you buy plants from Wilson Bros Gardens, we ship high-quality nursery and garden center grade specimens that are ready to plant and thrive for years to come in your landscape!

April Kiss Camellia Japonica

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April Kiss Camellia Japonica
Camellia japonica 'April Kiss'

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Camellia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

April Kiss is a cultivar within the April Camellia Series developed to have improved winter cold hardiness and a later bloom cycle than most other Camellia japonica.

April Kiss produces an abundance of absolutely gorgeous, 3-4 inch formal double flowers graced with shades of soft pink to pink to almost red, presenting a hypnotizing show of color in late winter through early to mid spring. Glossy dark green foliage provides amazing contrast and a wonderful backdrop for the plentiful flowers. April Kiss is one of the few Camellia japonica recommended for growing in USDA Zone 6a, as far north as St Louis, Missouri!

Landscape & Garden Uses

A moderate growing Camellia with an upright habit of growth to about 10 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide, April Kiss can be grown as a shrub or small tree. As a shrub, it is ideal for use as a hedge or background plant, in groupings, and is especially nice as espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall.) When "limbed up" to form a small tree it serves well as an attractive and colorful specimen in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. Great for cottage gardens, cut flower gardens and woodland borders. Also suitable for containers that can be brought indoors overwinter for those who live above USDA Zone 7a, where not winter hardy. Find Your Zone >

Spacing:  4-5' for solid hedge; 6-7'+ for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Camellia adapt well to various soil types however prefer a moist but well-drained acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. Constantly soggy soil is a slow killer. In general, Camellia grows and blooms better in partial shade with some shelter from the hot afternoon sun. Morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sunlight is perfect. All-day filtered sun is fine.

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*Espalier (pronounced: ih-spal-yay) ...an ornamental shrub or tree that has been trained to grow flat against a wall, fence, or other vertical, flat surface.

Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Japonica (Winter, Spring blooming)
Height at Maturity:  10' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  5-6' depending on pruning
Spacing:  4-5' for solid hedges; 6-7'+ for space between
Flower Color:  Light Pink, Pink, Dark Pink - nearly Red
Flower Size:  3-4"
Flowering Period:  Late Winter, Early Spring
Flower Type:  Formal Double
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun, All Day Filtered Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity
Intolerances:  Direct Afternoon Sun, Constantly Soggy Soil

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