Lanhydrock Camellia japonica Akashigata

Camellia japonica Akashigata

Camellias are native to eastern and southern Asia and can grow up to 30 cm a year and they thrive in the acid soil here. The first camellias to grow and flower in England were at Thorndon Hall in Essex in 1739. We do not know when camellias were first grown at Lanhydrock. The camellia group includes the tea plant Camellia sinensis.

Camellia japonica ‘Akashigata’
 
Distinguishing Feature Camellias have glossy leaves arranged alternately along the stem. ‘Akashigata’ has semi-double deep rose-pink flowers around 10 cm in diameter.
 
Season of Interest Camellias are evergreen and ‘Akashigata’ bears its large pink flowers from early spring.
 
‘Akashigata’ favours a position sheltered from cold dry winds. It does well in woodland and acid soils but will tolerate neutral loam as long as it is well drained. As with other camellias it is best to avoid a site with early morning sun which can damage buds following an over night frost.