Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’

Debutante Camellia
Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

6-8′ x 5-8′


Filtered Sun, Partial Shade


Medium Water

Bloom Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Flower Color


Special Features

Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Sunset Garden Zones

4-9, 12, 14-24, H1

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderately slow-growing evergreen shrub with an upright to rounded growth-habit, typically to 6-8’ tall x 5-8’ wide, or greater with age. Can easily be pruned to maintain a smaller size, or formed into a small, single-trunk patio tree. This long-time landscape favorite is an early-season bloomer (one of the earliest) featuring lustrous, glossy, deep-green foliage accented with large, showy, peony-form, light-pink flowers appearing late-fall to spring. Well-suited as an accent or foundation planting and can be grown on trellises or in containers. A popular choice for woodland or Asian themed gardens. Prefers a rich, acidic, well-drained soil, and thrives with regular watering in a filtered-sun to light-shade exposure.


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