Brightening the doldrums of winter, Pink Perfection camellia (Camellia 'Pink Perfection') bears pale rosy-pink flowers with extra rows of petals. This classic, heirloom variety of hybrid camellia dates to 1875 when it was first introduced to gardeners. Slow-growing, pruning is rarely necessary for this plant. But reserved tip pruning or reduction of long, irregular branches can be done to gently shape the shrub. Prune in early spring, after flowering, to allow for new leaves and stems to grow and mature over the summer and autumn.
Examine the shape and form of the Pink Perfection camellia. Note if there are any awkwardly barren or lopsided areas of the shrub.
Make crisp, one-motion snips of the hand pruners on long, errant stems you wish to reduce. Make the cut 1/4 inch above a living leaf or swollen bud. Do not become overzealous in pruning as camellias are slow-growing and regrowth results improve after 2 to 4 years.
Refrain from pruning thin or weak-looking branches on sides of the shrub with scarce foliage. Pruning more robust, healthy branch tips with ample light results in better regrowth and results.
Use patience with the camellia, as it will take decades to become a substantial and impressive specimen. Think twice before cutting new growth, especially at the tip of the shrub, as these stems become the foundation for a larger, better blooming plant years down the road.