Camellia japonica ‘Black Lace’

Camellia japonica ‘Black Lace’ is a captivating evergreen shrub, renowned for its striking, very dark red, semi-double flowers blooming in late winter and early spring. This variety adds elegance and allure to gardens, serving as a stunning focal point or accent plant, showcasing its dramatic, dark crimson-red blooms against glossy, dark green foliage.

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Origin: China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea
Genus: Camellia
Species / Cultivar: japonica 'Black Lace'
Synonym: Camellia 'Black Lace', Camellia × williamsii 'Black Lace'

Plant Biography

Camellia japonica, native to East Asia and Japan, holds a centuries-long legacy in horticulture. Revered as the ‘Japanese camellia’, it boasts a rich cultural heritage and symbolic significance in Japanese art and traditions. Initially cultivated for its ornamental beauty, this species garnered immense popularity in the 17th century, spreading its cultivation globally.

Its diverse cultivars and variations have since captivated enthusiasts worldwide, contributing to its reputation as an iconic ornamental plant celebrated for its lush, glossy foliage and captivating, often vibrantly-hued flowers.

Camellia japonica 'Black Lace'
Soil: Ericaceous
Will not tolerate an alkaline pH, so pot in ericaceous compost if site is not neutral to acid.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Camellia japonica demands well-drained, acidic soil and thrives in full- to partial-shade, shielding it from harsh midday sun. Regular watering is vital during dry spells and its establishment period.

Camellia ‘Black Lace’ is slow-growing, it reaches heights of 1.5-2.5 metres. Pruning, if necessary, should occur after flowering to maintain its shape. This evergreen shrub’s breathtaking blossoms make it a perfect choice for borders or specimen planting, offering an exquisite display of colour and texture in gardens.

An ideal spot for Camellias is against a north-facing wall, where they will be protected from the sun and receive the additional benefit of radiated heat on the coldest nights.


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