Camellia japonica Kingyo-tsubaki
An older variety known as the Goldfish Camellia is highly prized in Japanese culture has leaves divided into three at the apices, like the tail of a goldfish. The single pale-red to rose-pink flowers have a centre of pale yellow stamens and are produced in abundance in early spring and look great set against the dark green, glossy leaves.
Grows moderately fast to an upright shrub of even height and width to provide year-round interest and a great backdrop for plants that flower later in the season. Grow in a shelter position with some protection from cold winds in acid to neutral well drained soil. Prune after flowering in late spring, either lightly for a larger, relaxed shape or harder for a smaller compact form.
Native to: Japan
Eventual height & spread: 2.5m x 1.8m
Flowering period: Early March
Aspect: Part shade. Shelter from cold winds
Soil type: Acidic (no lime)/well drained
Budded in season
Supplied height: 20-30cm