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Camellia Japonica, E.G Waterhouse

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Camellia japonica 'E.G. Waterhouse' is another cultivar of the Camellia japonica species, known for its striking blooms and attractive foliage. Here are some details about this particular cultivar:
Flowers: 'E.G. Waterhouse' produces large, formal double flowers. The blooms are characterized by their beautiful, rich red color, which often has a hint of purple or burgundy. The flowers are typically around 3 to 5 inches in diameter and have a ruffled or layered appearance, adding depth and texture to the overall display.
Foliage: The foliage of 'E.G. Waterhouse' is dark green and glossy, providing an elegant backdrop to the vibrant blooms. The leaves are evergreen, meaning they stay green throughout the year, adding beauty to the garden even when the plant is not in bloom.
Growth Habit: This cultivar typically grows as a medium-sized, upright shrub, reaching a height of around 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) with a spread of 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters). Its compact and dense growth habit makes it suitable for hedges, foundation plantings, or as a standalone specimen.
Hardy and Long-Lived: Camellia japonica 'E.G. Waterhouse' is known for its hardiness and longevity. With proper care, it can thrive and live for many years, bringing beauty to the garden for an extended period.
Soil and Light Requirements: Like most Camellia japonica cultivars, 'E.G. Waterhouse' prefers acidic soil with a pH level between 5.0 and 6.5. It also requires well-drained soil to prevent waterlogging. As for sunlight, it thrives in partial shade or filtered sunlight. Protection from direct afternoon sun is often beneficial, especially in hotter climates.
Uses: This cultivar is well-suited for various uses in the garden. It can be planted as a standalone specimen to showcase its stunning blooms, or it can be used in hedges, borders, or foundation plantings to create a colorful and attractive display. 'E.G. Waterhouse' is also suitable for containers, allowing you to enjoy its beauty on patios, balconies, or other limited spaces.
When planting 'E.G. Waterhouse,' it's important to dig a hole that is wider and shallower than the root ball to encourage proper root growth. Water the plant regularly, especially during dry periods, and mulch around the base to retain moisture and suppress weed growth.
Pruning is typically done after flowering to maintain the desired shape and remove any dead or diseased branches. Avoid heavy pruning, as it may reduce the plant's ability to produce flowers the following season.
Camellia japonica 'E.G. Waterhouse' is a popular cultivar due to its stunning red blooms, attractive foliage, and versatility in the garden. With its vibrant flowers and glossy leaves, it can be a standout addition to any landscape or container garden.
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