Early Autumn Camellia
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Early Autumn Camellia

Early Autumn Camellia

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Camellia japonica 'Early Autumn'


“Suddenly the lights came on up the whole length of Fifth Avenue, chains of misty brilliance in the air.”   --Langston Hughes

“Early Autumn” is a very short story by Langston Hughes that describes the unexpected meeting of two ex-lovers who haven’t seen each other for some time since their break-up. Contrary to what you might think, the encounter isn’t all butterflies and rainbows, and it’s obvious to everyone that past pain still lingers. The story’s brevity conceals a surprising amount of depth and is heavy with the unspoken. OK! Enough of English class! Another version of “Early Autumn” is the Early Autumn Camellia, which has nothing to do with the short story and everything to do with its bloom time. Maybe if Bill Walker had given his girlfriend Mary an Early Autumn Camellia years ago, they would still be together today, spending hours marveling over the origami-like perfection of the formal pink blooms! Zone 7A to 9B, avoid direct sun. Don’t be like Bill and Mary—go for it now, don’t regret it later!

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 8'
Mature Width: 6'
Flower Season: Fall and Spring
Sun: Full shade to partial sun
Hardiness Zone: 7 to 9
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Temp (C)
0 to 10
-17.8 to -12.2
10 to 20
-12.2 to -6.7
20 to 30
-6.7 to -1.1

Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting any Camellia as they prefer less watering than you might think. In NC our soil is clay so we prefer to use pine bark soil conditioner when planting Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Azalea.