Tricolor Siebold Camellia
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Tricolor Siebold Camellia

Tricolor Siebold Camellia

Gallon Size:
Gallon Size:
  • Young, affordable starter plant
  • May need to be transplanted into 3 gallon pot for more nurturing before planting into landscape
  • Healthy, mature plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape
  • Large healthy plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape

Camellia X  'Tricolor Siebold'


What do you get when you cross a camellia and a candy cane? A weird-tasting snack yes, but also the unique 'Tricolor Siebold' camellia!  According to historical record, this cultivar was brought from Japan to Europe by Franz Von Siebold in 1829. It has had real staying power, probably due to its stunning 4" flowers and tolerance of heat and humidity. This cultivar reaches a mature height between 8 and 10 feet and width of 4 to 6 feet, and blooms open from December to March. Its evergreen foliage and dense, substantial size make it suitable for a screen or as a visual anchor in a large shade bed. Flower shading can vary slightly, but is usually white with red stripes. In general, camellias prefer to be grown in part shade to dappled sun with protection from hot afternoon sun. Rich, loamy, well-drained soil and even moisture will keep this plant very happy. 


Teas/tisanes can be made from all camellias, for varied flavored results depending on the variety and processing methods used--some cultivars have caffeine, while some do not. There are resources available online for the hobbyist and production-minded tea makers alike. Research, experiment, process and use at your own risk.

Joseph's Take

Joseph's Take

Wow, I found another super amazing Camellia at my friends nursery. Pink and red are the highlight here. Tricolor grows medium speed for me and seems very healthy. This one and April Dawn are my new favorites.

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 10'
Mature Width: 6'
Flower Season: Spring
Sun: Full Shade
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 fall planting with 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.