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Frank Houser Camellia Japonica
Camellia reticulata 'Frank Houser'

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

The GIANT, semi-double, bright rosy-red flowers of Frank Houser Camellia will definitely catch the eye of any passerby. Frank Hauser is well known for producing the largest, or one of the largest flowers of any Camellia! We've seen it produce flowers up to 9 inches wide in late winter and through mid-spring! Even when not in bloom, the large, lustrous, evergreen, dark green leaves provide outstanding texture in the landscape. 

'Frank Houser' Hybrid Camellia is a 1989 introduction from renowned hybridizer Walter Homeyer that has proven to be an undisputed champion when it comes to winning shows.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 12-20 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide depending on pruning, Frank Houser 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:  6' for solid hedge;  10-12' 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-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Japonica (Winter, Spring blooming)
Height at Maturity:  12-20' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  6-8' depending on pruning
Spacing:  6' for solid hedges; 10-12'+ for space between plants
Flower Color:  Rosy Red
Flower Size:  Gigantic, 9"wide
Flowering Period:  Late Winter, Early Spring
Flower Type:  Semi-Double 
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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