Christmas Carol™ Camellia

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 5 - 7 Feet
  • Mature Spread 5 - 7 Feet
  • Growing Zones 7 - 9

The Christmas Carol™ Camellia makes easy work of decorating your outdoor space for the holidays. This striking plant is a Camellia japonica variety that blooms in the fall, and flowers last until Christmas. The bell-shaped semi-double flowers have petals with soft red centers that fade to white along the edges. The flowers gently hang from the semi-weeping branches of this shrub, also known as Camellia x vernalis.

The vibrant blooms of this plant are eye-catching, and the dark green pointed foliage with serrated edges provide a nice contrast. Use the Christmas Carol™ Camellia as a hedge, mass planting, privacy planting, or as an accent. This plant can be grown in a container which provides some flexibility and the ability to easily move the plant when using it as part of your holiday decor.  This plant is a perennial in USDA zones 7 through 9.

Christmas Carol™ Camellia Plant Care

Christmas Carol™ Camellia needs full sun to part shade and well-draining soil. Use a rich, slightly acidic soil high in organic content to help the plant thrive and push out beautiful blooms. This hybrid has medium water needs, so water when the top couple of inches of soil are dry during the summer when the plant is actively growing. Cut back on water during the second growing season in the fall. Further reduce water after the plant stops blooming in the winter.

Fertilize the plant to promote new growth and healthy blooms. Feed the Camellia once or twice each year with an acidic fertilizer. This plant does not require much pruning but trim it back to remove dead or damaged growth in the spring. Camellia plants have temperature-sensitive roots, so place mulch around the base of the plant during the winter to help protect against chilly weather.

Christmas Carol™ Camellia Plant Spacing

A mature Christmas Carol™ Camellia will be 5 to 7 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. Create a wall of greenery and blooms by placing the plants close together. This plant can be as close as 2.5 feet from center to center for a dense, seamless look. Space the plants further away if that more aligns with your desired look.

Christmas Carol™ Camellia Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 - 9
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 5 - 7 Feet
Mature Spread: 3 - 5 Feet
Spacing: 2.5 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Red, White
Flower Description: Soft Red With White Edges
Bloom Period: Fall
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Fall Flowering
Watering: Consistent
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: Salt
Attracts: N/A
Container Role:
Uses: Hedges & Privacy, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Cut Flowers
Brand: Southern Living Plants
Common Name: Christmas Carol™ Camellia
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Camellia x vernalis 'Green J-039'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.