Camellia x ‘Fairy Blush’ (Fairy Blush Camellia)
Deep pink buds open to reveal dainty, single, apple blossom colored blooms. The blossoms’ delicate fragrance as well as the smaller growth habit make this well suited to a small courtyard or patio. Mid to late season bloomer. Evergreen. Moderate growing 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide..
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Pruning time: spring after flowering.
Be sure to keep this fragrant bloomer close to your outdoor living space in patio beds, containers or decorating the foundation of your house. Great as an espalier to cover walls. If set back in a woodland setting, plant in mass and complement with low growing perennials. A wonderful specimen in Asian gardens.
Combine the small foliage of Fairy Blush with the big, bold foliage and blooms of Hosta, Coral Bells, Hydrangea and Rhododendron. For an Asian theme, design with mixed Azaleas, Heavenly Bamboo, Dogwood, Japanese Maples, Lily of the Valley, Iris and Gardenia.
Camellias are native to eastern and southern Asia. The genus was named by Carolus Linnaeus who named it for a Jesuit missionary Georg Kamel, who cultivated an important garden of local medicinal plants on the Philippine Island of Luzon in the 17th century. Fairy Blush is a hybrid of C. lutchuensis, originated by M.C. Jury of Jury Nursery, North Taranaki, New Zealand. Red camellias are a symbol of wealth and white Camellias signify loveliness. Camellias represent longevity and faithfulness and have long been a primary floral component in Asian weddings.