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.
Swan Lake Camellia
Camellia Japonica 'Swan Lake'
‘Swan Lake’ Camellia like most unique and admirable camellias were chance seedlings. Think of the practice of hybridizing camellias like gold prospecting. You never know what you'll find until after you classify and pan the sediment. Originated in 1963 from a 'Claudia Phelps' camellia, Swan Lake has completely snow white semi-double peony blooms midseason from late winter to early spring. Like its predecessor, the flowers are quite large reaching about 5 inches in diameter! This camellia is also very manageable. Being on the smaller more compact side when matured for a camellia, this would do great as a container shrub or specimen plant. It's large white blooms jump out from a wall of dark green foliage, every angle of this shrub will catch your eye like a modern art exhibit.
Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting Camellia as they prefer less watering than you might think. In clay soil we prefer planting with pine bark soil conditioner for Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, Azalea.
Swan Lake will begin shipping on February 15, 2024.