Japanese Camellia 'Tom Knudsen' - Camellia japonica 'Tom Knudsen' (latin)
Geographic origins: California.
Discovered by: Frank Maitland, 1956.
Adult dimensions: Height up to 10 metres, width up to 5 metres.
Foliage: Evergreen, dense dark green and upright form.
Type of soil: Not chalky and well drained.
Hardiness: Hardy to -17°C.
Exposure: Partial shade or full sun, sheltered from cold winds.
Characteristics and uses:
The Japanese Camellia 'Tom Knudsen' has peony-shaped flowers that are soft dark red in colour, they are sometimes semi-doubles. Flowers appear between February and April. To increase the number of flowers from year to year, it is a good idea to water the Japanese Camellia from April through to September. The Camellia 'Tom Knudsen' is very tolerant of pruning once the flowering period is over.
The Japanese Camellia 'Tom Knudsen' is a vigorous variety which is happy either planted as a lone specimen in the garden or in a border with other peat loving plants. It is also very beautiful when grown in a pot or planter on your balcony against either a trellis or a wall.