Friday Feature Plant – 10/13/17 – Long Island Pink Camellia
The Long Island Pink Camellia has become a stable for hedges and screens, containers, or as a specimen plant. A reliable mid fall bloomer, this camellia produces lovely soft, single pink blooms with golden stamens that appear through November. The foliage is striking with dark glossy deep green leaves and upright dense growth habit.
The Long Island Pink Camellia has a slow to medium growth rate to reach a mature height of 10 feet and 8 feet wide. This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and, like most camellias, will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location.