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Gigantea Red & White Camellia Japonica - 3 Gallon Pot
'Gigantea' sports one of the largest, and most unique and impressive flowers of any Camellia on the planet! Each enormous flower is unique to the other with random splashes and markings of both bright red and white. Get all the details below!

Gigantea Red & White Camellia Japonica - 3 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 3 GALLON POT
Gigantia Camellia Japonica
Camellia japonica 'Gigantea'

Note: Gigantea Camellia has been sold under many other names: Magnolia King, Kilvingtonia, Emperor Frederick William, Emperor Wilhelm, Fanny Davenport, Gaiety, Jolly Roger, Mary Bell Glenman, Monstruoso Rubra and perhaps others. 

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 variety is not reliably 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

Said to be tolerant of sun or shade, 'Gigantea' sports one of the largest and most unique and impressive flowers of any Camellia on the planet! Each enormous flower is unique to the other with random splashes and markings of both bright red and white. That said, you might see a few flowers in solid red or solid white, or individual petals in solid red or solid white. The lustrous dark green leaves provide a perfect backdrop for the flowers. To enjoy or show off the flowers inside the home, take some cuttings and display in your favorite vase, or float just one in a bowl of water. A magnificent Camellia that is sure to be a conversation piece in the garden!




Landscape & Garden Uses

A moderate growing Camellia with an upright habit of growth to about 10 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide, 'Gigantia' can be grown as a shrub or attractive small tree. As a shrub it is ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings, or as a hedge or background plant in landscape borders and is especially nice as a corner plant or espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall) in home foundation plantings.  As your camellia grows taller, lower branches can be removed to form a highly attractive, evergreen focal point specimen tree for use in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. A fine addition to red color theme gardens, Camellia gardens, cottage gardens, cut flower gardens and woodland borders. Also suitable for containers that can be brought indoors during winter by those who garden above USDA Zone 7a, where this variety is not reliably winter hardy. Find Your Zone

Suggested Spacing:  5 to 6 feet apart for solid hedge; 12 feet or more apart 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, however G.G Gerbing says this one will tolerate sun or shade, That said, we think morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sunlight is perfect. All-day filtered sun is fine as well.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water 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:  10-12' 
Width at Maturity:  6-8' 
Spacing:  5-6' for solid hedges; 12'+ for space between plants
Flower Color:  Bright Red, White, Yellow stamens
Flower Size:  5-7"
Flowering Period:  Late Winter, Spring
Flower Type:  Semi-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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