Landscaping With Camellia


The genus Camellia includes more than 250 species, according to the International Camellia Society. Camellias produce flowers in various colors from fall to the end of spring while most other landscaping plants go dormant, and the leaves of some varieties are dried, cured and used in beverages. These long-lived, evergreen plants come in sizes ranging from dwarf plants often grown in pots and baskets, or larger thick-spreading varieties used as hedges and borders, or else grown as focal plants or into sizable trees. Choose camellia varieties suited for your location for best results and grow species depending on the landscape use desired.

Step 1

Select locations for planting camellias in your landscape that provide enough room for the mature size in both width and height. This information is provided on the markers included in the plants, or ask about the specific camellia species your are growing when purchasing.

Step 2

Plant your camellias any time from the end of fall to the beginning of spring. Pick sites with well-draining soil and shade to partial shade.

Step 3

Dig a hole the same depth of the container holding the camellia plant and 2 feet wider. Wash off the soil around the root ball, inspect and loosen the root system.

Step 4

Place the camellia in the hole and backfill with removed soil. Soak with water to settle the plant and to remove any air pockets.

Step 5

Create borders or form barriers in your landscape using several camellias planted in a row.

Step 6

Place a single camellia in the landscape around living areas or gardens as a focal point or an accent plant.

Step 7

Use containers or hanging baskets to grow camellias in areas outside the plant's hardiness zone, or to use on patios or other outdoor living spaces.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not fertilize your camellias at all for the first growing season, suggests North Carolina University, or only "apply a light application of cotton seed meal or a slow release fertilizer."

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Water
  • Pine straw or pine bark nugget mulch


  • The International Camellia Society
  • American Camellia Society: Planting Camellias
  • Floridata: Camellia Japonica
  • North Carolina University: Camellia Culture

Who Can Help

  • Purdue University: Camellia Sinensis
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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.