Plant of the Week –
Common Name: camellia ‘kramer’s supreme’
Botanical Name: camellia japonica
Kramer’s Supreme has magnificant, deep red, peony-like flowers. The flowers are finely scented and are borne in autumn and mid-spring. Slow growing, upright to spreading shrub or small tree with age. Oval, glossy, leaves that stay green throughout the year and has profuse winter to spring blooming flowers in milder climates. A true heritage plant, and favourite of Southern gardens.
This very popular shrub is used in borders and in formation hedges. Use it for specimen plants on the lawn and for colourful accents near outdoor living areas. Camellias are especially attractive and easy to grow when planted under a canopy of live oaks and pine trees that provide broken shade. It is tolerant of urban conditions if maintained, and can also be used in containers.
Description – shrub
Hardiness Zone – 8-10
Exposure – filtered sun
Mature Height – 12 ft+
Bloom Time – late winter
Bloom Colour – red
Scent – slight fragrance