February 7, 2023
Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Swan'

Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Swan'

Camellia japonica ‘Mrs. Swan is a salmon-pink colored Camellia. It has large size flowers. It usually flowers from March to May. Camellia japonica is an evergreen shrub. The leaves are deep green, and glossy. Camellia japonica is also known as Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia, Rose of the Winter, or Tsubaki. Camellia japonica ‘Mrs. Swan’ is part of the Theaceae family of plants.

It grows to 6m or 20ft. The flowers usually grow at the end of the branches. Camellias are native to China, Japan, and Korea.

Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Swan'
Camellia japonica ‘Mrs. Swan’

Camellia branches are purplish-brown when young. They turn grayish as they mature. Camellia japonica ‘Mrs. Swan’ flowers grow singly or in pairs. Camellia japonica has about nine greenish bracteoles and sepals. Petals are joined together at the base. The fruits usually contain one or two seeds.

How to grow Camellia japonica ‘Mrs. Swan’:

Plant Camellia japonica ‘Mrs. Swan’ in acidic soil in a sheltered position away from dry winds and early morning sun. Propagate by cuttings. Watch out for aphids, scale insects, vine weevil, leaf blight, honey fungus, phytophtora root rot, camellia yellow mottle virus, and camellia petal blight.

Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Swan'
Camellia japonica ‘Mrs. Swan’ at Kew Gardens

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