Plants That Survive and Thrive on the OBX – Camellia

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Join the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County in the coming weeks to discuss plants that have been proven to survive and thrive on the OBX!


Camellia

Camellia japonica, Camellia sasanqua and 

Camellia oleifera 

Camellia

The Camellia is one of the most desirable plants of a Southern garden. There are over 3000 different camellia cultivars, with blooms varying in colors, sizes, and forms. It is a large, evergreen shrub that can reach a height of 6 to 12 feet at maturity. Camellias can live an extraordinarily long time, with some specimens living well over 200 years.

Camellias

Several varieties can be found at the Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden.

Camellias

Highlights

  • Sun to partial shade
  • Slightly Salt Tolerant 
  • Slow to moderate growth 
  • Drought Tolerant once established Pest & Disease 

Pest & Diseases

  • Aphids, Mealybugs, and Scale
  • Petal blight and Camellia Wilt

Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.


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