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Mrs. Tingley Camellia*

Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Tingley'

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Mrs. Tingley Camellia (Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Tingley') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Tingley' flowers

Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Tingley' flowers

(Photo courtesy of Loen Nursery)

Height: 12 feet

Spread: 12 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone: 7

Other Names: Japanese Camellia, Common Camellia


Lustrous evergreen foliage cover this upright shrub; masses of impressive salmon-pink flowers with a silver glow, bloom in late winter; provide rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soil

Ornamental Features:

Mrs. Tingley Camellia features showy salmon round flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches from late winter to early spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Mrs. Tingley Camellia is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Mrs. Tingley Camellia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Container Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Mrs. Tingley Camellia will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


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Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent Massing Screening Garden Container
Ornamental Features