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C.M. Hovey Camellia Japonica
Get all the details below on C. M. Hovey, an old-time favorite from the 1800's that produces an abundance of gorgeous, double to fully double deep rose red flowers. 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!

C.M. Hovey Camellia Japonica

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C.M. Hovey Camellia Japonica
Camellia japonica 'C.M. Hovey'

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, 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

An old-time Camellia that's been around since the 1800's, C.M. Hovey is prized for its gorgeous, double to formal double deep rose-red flowers that appear in late winter through early spring. The flowers are perfect for cutting. To enjoy them inside the home display several of them in a vase or take just one of the flowers and float it in a bowl of water.

Landscape & Garden Uses

A taller growing Camellia with an upright habit of growth to 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide, C.M. Hovey 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:  5' for solid hedge; 10-11'+ 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: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Japonica (Winter, Spring blooming)
Height at Maturity:  8-10' 
Width at Maturity:  6-8' 
Spacing:  5' for solid hedges; 10-11'+ for space between
Flower Color:  Bright Pink, Nearly Red
Flower Size:  Large, 3-4"
Flowering Period:  Late Winter, Early Spring
Flower Type:  Double to 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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