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Mathotiana Rubra Camellia - 3 Gallon Pot
The Mathotiana Rubra Camellia sports a gorgeous flower! Its large, nearly perfect, formal double to rose-form flowers have deep pink to red petals that begin to appear in mid winter and continue through mid March. As the flower ages, sometimes the margins of the petals take on a purple cast. Get all the details below!

Mathotiana Rubra Camellia - 3 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 3 GALLON POT
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Mathotiana Rubra Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Mathotiana Rubra'

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 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

There's a great deal of confusion about the accurate name of this Camellia, so we've done quite a bit of research in our quest to determine which of the many names used for this cultivar is the right. Here are some interesting details we discovered...

The cultivar 'Mathotiana' dates back to the mid 1800's. The original plant originated in Europe and produces flowers known to be more red (rubra) in color than Mathotiana cultivars that have come along since in the United States. Some of the other names given to it here in the U.S. are Purple Dawn, Purple Emperor, Mathotiana (without the 'Rubra' attached), Julia Drayton, and William S. Hastie. Perhaps, which are most likely different varieations that were propagated from seeds which came from the original. All of that stated, we can only assume that we have the original, with the more red flower. Either way, the Mathotiana Rubra sports a gorgeous flower! Its large, nearly perfect, formal double to rose-form flowers have deep pink to red petals that begin to appear in mid winter and continue through mid March. As the flower ages, sometimes the margins of the petals take on a purple cast. The flowers are excellent for cutting and used for indoor floral displays or you can just float one in a bowl of water.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 10 to 12 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide, the Mathotiana Rubra Camellia can be grown as a shrub or small tree. As a shrub, it is ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings or as a hedge in landscape borders and is very nice as a corner plant or espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall) in home foundation plantings. As this camellia grows taller lower branches can be removed to form a highly attractive small evergreen tree that serves well as a colorful focal point specimen in landscape borders or home foundation plantings. A fine addition to camellia gardens, red theme gardens, cut flower gardens, cottage gardens and partially shaded woodland borders. Also suitable for containers that can be brought indoors during winter by those who live and garden above USDA Zone 7a, where this camellia variety is not reliably winter hardy. Find Your Zone 

Suggested Spacing:  5 to 6 feet apart for solid hedge; 14 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. Morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sunlight is perfect. All-day filtered sun is fine.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find 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 Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone 
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Japonica (Winter, Spring blooming)
Height at Maturity:  10-12' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  8-10' depending on pruning
Spacing:  5-6' for solid hedges; 14'+ for space between
Flower Color:  Deep Pink to Red
Flower Size:  Large, 4.5"
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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