A gloriously ruffled Camellia, Camellia Volunteer™ was bred in New Zealand by Mark Jury, and named to honour volunteers everywhere. One look at the large deep pink-red flowers with their distinctive white edge, and it's easy to understand why it was chosen to appear on a postage stamp. A chance seedling, for which we all are forever grateful. A truly remarkable bloom like no other.
Camellias are members of the tea (Theaceae) family, and are native to the coast and mountain regions of eastern Asia. Camellia Volunteer™ grows into a tall shrub or small tree two metres high. The foliage is a glossy dark green and the flowers are produced from May to September.
- Strikingly different
- Attractive large deep pin cushion shaped pink-red flowers edged with white
- Dark glossy green foliage
- Full dense foliage
Garden plant, landscape & planter beds. Also as a specimen plant.
Medium upright shrub.
Flower is 100mm in diameter.
Grows to 2 metres in height.
Grows to 1. 5 metres wide.
Plant 1.5 metres apart.
Grows well in full sun, particularly if well-watered, however will perform best in partial shade. Some burning may occur in full sun in extreme high Summer temperatures. Tolerates cold in all areas. Grows in temperate to sub-tropical areas.
Flowers from May to September.
Opens soft pink with white edging, deepening throughout the season to a most stunning dark pink with white edging. Late flowers may be pure red. The centre of each flower is heavily textured and pin cushion shaped.
Dark glossy green leaves, 70mm x 35mm.
Prune after flowering if required.
Prefers an acid soil. Prefers rich organic acid soils similar to azaleas and rhododendrons.
Needs water to establish, but is relatively drought tolerant once established.
Fertilise with 8 - 9 month controlled release fertiliser applied in Spring.
Selected for resistance to pests & disease.
Aphids, Thrips and Mites can occur but don't need control measures in the landscape.
No special care.
It is normal for occasional flowers to be plain pink-red.