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Don Mac Camellia Japonica
The dark red, crepe-like flowers of Don-Mac Camellia are exquisitely ruffled and feminine. scroll down for more details!

Don Mac Camellia Japonica

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Don Mac Camellia Japonica
Camellia japonica 'Don Mac'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  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

The dark red, crepe-like flowers of  Don-Mac Camellia are exquisitely ruffled and feminine. This cultivar originated as a seedling nurtured by Sylvia Donahoo of Pensacola, Florida beginning in 1940. Each semi-double bloom has a prominent yellow crown of stamens in the center that add to the appeal of this variety. This broadleaf evergreen shrub develops an upright oval habit when mature.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 8 to 15 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide depending on pruning, Don Mac 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;  12' 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-10b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Japonica (Winter, Spring blooming)
Height at Maturity:  8-15' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  6-10' depending on pruning
Spacing:  5' for solid hedges; 12'+ for space between plants
Flower Color: Dark Red with Yellow Stamens
Flower Size:  Large, 3-5"
Flowering Period:  Late Winter, Early Spring
Flower Type:  Semi Double to Loose Peony
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  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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