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Alba Plena Camellia Japonica

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Alba Plena Camellia Japonica
Camellia japonica 'Alba Plena'

USDA Plant 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
Alba Plena is most recognized for it amazing formal double porcelain white flowers that appear mid to late winter and well in to spring. Each 3-4" flower has over 100 petals! Alba Plena has an upright and bushy growth habit with gorgeous medium to dark green glossy leaves. It was first cultivated in 1797 making it one of the oldest known Camellia in existence.  

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 6-8 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide depending on pruning,  Alba Plena Camellia can be grown as a large 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, to frame corners, as a single specimen shrub or tree, screen or windbreak plantings, home foundations, in woodland 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' or more 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.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Camellias.

*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 Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Japonica (Winter, Spring blooming)
Height at Maturity:  6-8' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  6-8' depending on pruning
Spacing:  4-5' for solid hedges; 9'+ for space between plants
Flower Color:   Porcelain White
Flower Size:  Medium, 3-4"
Flowering Period:  Mid to Late Winter, Early Spring
Flower Type:  Formal Double with over 100 petals per flower!
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Medium to Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
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
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity
Intolerances:  Direct Afternoon Sun, Constantly Soggy Soil

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