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Volunteer camellia

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.

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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.

Key Features

  • Strikingly different
  • Attractive large deep pin cushion shaped pink-red flowers edged with white
  • Dark glossy green foliage
  • Full dense foliage

Suggested Uses

Garden plant, landscape & planter beds. Also as a specimen plant.

Growth Habit

Medium upright shrub.

Flower Size

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Flower is 100mm in diameter.

Mature Height

Grows to 2 metres in height.

Mature Width

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.

Flowering Period

Flowers from May to September.

Flower Colour

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.


No Fragrance.


Dark glossy green leaves, 70mm x 35mm.


Prune after flowering if required.

Soil Needs

Prefers an acid soil. Prefers rich organic acid soils similar to azaleas and rhododendrons.

Water Needs

Needs water to establish, but is relatively drought tolerant once established.


Fertilise with 8 - 9 month controlled release fertiliser applied in Spring.

Disease Tolerance

Selected for resistance to pests & disease.

Pest Issues

Aphids, Thrips and Mites can occur but don't need control measures in the landscape.

Special Care

No special care.

Special Notes

It is normal for occasional flowers to be plain pink-red.

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