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Korean Fire Camellia
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Korean Fire Camellia

SKU SKU17225
Growing Zones: 6-9
Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 5-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Spacing: 5 ft.
Botanical: Camellia japonica var. koreana 'Korean Fire'
Cannot Ship to: AZ
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Growing Zones: 6-9
Growing Zones: 6-9
Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 5-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Spacing: 5 ft.
Botanical: Camellia japonica var. koreana 'Korean Fire'
Cannot Ship to: AZ

A Charming, Collectible Camellia

If you like flowering shrubs that are a cut above the rest, Korean Fire Camellia (Camellia japonica var. koreana ‘Korean Fire’) is a superb addition to your garden collection. Fiery-red flowers against a background of dark-green glossy leaves form a color explosion that ignites your spring landscape. In addition to its beauty, Korean Fire Camellia is cold-hardy and disease-resistant -- two qualities that are lacking in other types of camellias!

Vibrant and Fragrant Flowers
Picture slightly cup-shaped, 3 to 5 inch red flowers with bright-yellow stamens that cover evergreen shrubs, and you’ll have a mental glimpse into the stunning display you’ll have in spring with your Korean Fire Camellia! The breeding programs that have resulted in producing pretty flowers on many camellia cultivars have unfortunately eliminated their fragrance. But not so with Korean Fire Camellia; you’ll have double the value for your investment -- gorgeous flowers and exquisite fragrance!

A Cold-Weather Camellia
Korean Fire Camellia is touted as perhaps the cold-hardiest of this camellia species available in the nursery trade. Traditionally, camellias are mainstays in Southern gardens only, but Korean Fire Camellia bumps up the hardiness notch with an expanded perennial range throughout USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6 through 9. An insight into this plant’s history explains why this is possible. In 1984, seeds were collected from wild camellias that grew on islands along the west coast of South Korea, which is an area that has very cold winters and strong winds. The seeds were sown, with the successful results of propagating a new generation of cold-hardy camellias!

Why Resistance to Pests and Disease is so Important
Most camellias are susceptible to many insect pests and diseases, which can mar their beauty and compromise their health. Intensive chemical spray regimens are necessary to keep many of these plants healthy. Korean Fire Camellia is rarely bothered by insect pests and diseases, so you won’t have to maintain a scheduling of spraying to keep these problems under control. If you have other ornamental plants nearby, you won’t have to worry about “chemical drift,” which has the undesired effect of damaging non-target plants while spraying a target plant. No matter how careful you may be when spraying, the wind can carry chemicals in a fine mist to unintended plants. By planting pest resistant and disease-resistant plants, such as Korean Fire Camellia, you eliminate the need for spraying, which also protects your other plants!

Prestigious Award Winner
After nearly 20 years of rigorous field testing and plant trials – after the first seeds were collected in 1984 – Korean Fire Camellia was named the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal Plant of 2003. This tried-and-true selection has years of research to support the claims of a superior ornamental plant that brings more than just “good looks” to the table. This is an important consideration for you as you select plants for your garden.

Paint Your Garden Red!
Korean Fire Camellia has such design versatility! Its richly colored flowers add splashes of red in shady or semi-shady spots where you want to liven things up a bit. One shrub adds vitality to your landscape as a focal point, but multiple shrubs increase the wow factor as a massed planting. Have you considered planting a green screen in your yard? This design option cleverly blocks an unsightly view by strategically placing plants that catch your gaze instead of seeing what’s behind them. Korean Fire Camellia is a stellar performer in the woodland or shade garden, where it thrives as an understory plant. And if your city codes or HOA by-laws place restrictions on the height of fences, you can plant Korean Fire Camellias as a living fence. Although this kind of fence won’t corral backyard pets, these elegant shrubs form a beautiful option to utilitarian wooden or chain-link fencing. And with a mature height of 10 to 15 feet, you’ll enjoy a taller “fence” than allowed by restrictive covenants.

Camellias as Cut Flowers
If you use cut flowers to dress your dining table, your foyer or even your bedside stand, you will love the dramatic look of Korean Fire Camellia in vases or bowls. Typically, camellias are short-lived as cut flowers, lasting only 2 to 3 days in water, but you can extend their vase life by knowing when and how to cut the blooms. You want to cut camellias when the flowers are just barely open. At this stage, they’ll last longer than flowers that are fully open. And although other types of flowers will open from buds after they’re cut, camellia buds will not -- they’ll stay tightly closed on cut stems. Re-cut the stems at a 45-degree angle – under water – before you place them in a water-filled vase. And keep the stems short – water has a longer way to travel inside long stems, which can lead to premature wilting of the flowers. One of the prettiest design touches is to clip Korean Fire Camellias with no stems – just under the base of the flowers – so you can float the blossoms in water-filled bowls!

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