How to Care for a Nuccio's Pearl Camellia


Nuccio's pearl camellia is part of the Japanese camellia family that are native to Eastern and Southern Asia, according to the University of California. Like other camellias, Nuccio's pearl camellia has dark green leaves and is an evergreen shrub. The plant boasts large, white double blooms with light pink edges. This camellia grows to about 6 to 8 feet in height and is hardy to USDA zones 8 to 10.

Step 1

Choose a place in your yard that has filtered sun and rich, well-drained soil. Add 5 to 6 inches of compost to your soil and work it into a depth of 2 feet before you plant.

Step 2

Plant Nuccio's pearl camellia while in bloom. Dig a hole as large as the root ball and twice as wide. Fill the hole with 2 to 3 inches of loose soil. Place the camellia into the hole and fill the hole with soil. Water immediately until the soil is moist but not soaking.

Step 3

Water the camellia deeply once a week. Water it more often in hot weather or drought situations.

Step 4

Mulch around the base of the plant with 2 to 3 inches of mulch to keep the soil moist and the roots cool.

Step 5

Apply an acid-based fertilizer after the Nuccio's pearl camellia finishes blooming.

Step 6

Prune the plant when the blooms fade. Remove each spent bloom, and any dead, damaged or diseased foliage. Also prune any over-reaching branches to keep the shrub looking neat.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Acid fertilizer
  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears


  • University of California: Camellias
  • Monrovia: Nuccio's Pearl Camellia
  • Clemson University: Camellias

Who Can Help

  • Clemson University: Camellia Diseases & Insect Pests
Keywords: Nuccio's Pearl Camellia, japanese camellia care, camellia care

About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.