Pope Pius IX Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Pope Pius IX'
Pope Pius IX Camellia flowers
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Height: 12 feet
Spread: 10 feet
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Other Names: Japanese Camellia, Common Camellia
Lustrous deep green foliage covers this vigorous, upright, and hardy shrub; large, double, formal ruby-red blooms open in mid to late winter; provide rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soil
Pope Pius IX Camellia features showy ruby-red round flowers at the ends of the branches from mid to late winter. It has dark green evergreen foliage. The glossy pointy leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.
Pope Pius IX Camellia is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Pope Pius IX Camellia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Pope Pius IX Camellia will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Pope Pius IX Camellia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.