Kanjiro camellia made its debut in 1954.
Japanese the word Kanjiro means you must feel. Iím not
sure if that means to touch or to experience, to me the
Kanjiro camellia is one to experience. Kanjio is known
botanically as Camellia hiemalis and it made its debut
in 1954. Touting a camellia cultivar thatís entering
its 64th year is a testament to both its character and
performance in the landscape.
the last dozen years Iíve got to experience Kanjiro to
its full beauty. When I was a horticulturist with
Mississippi State University I had the opportunity to
film several planted along the streets of downtown
Brookhaven, Miss., as part of a beautification project.
son has is using it to give some fall blooming razzle
dazzle in Columbus, Ga. At the Coastal Georgia Botanical
Garden we have planted hundreds. They were planted about
five years ago as a screen for a chain link fence. I
remember my first thought was that will take a while to
do the job. Now 45 months later my thought is "Wow
what a great idea they had."
is cold hardy from zones 7-10, which mean geographically
that a little more than a third of the country can
experience its beauty. The rest of the country may
choose to grow it in a container that is moved to
protection during the winter.
is evergreen with dark glossy leaves that seem to be the
perfect backdrop for the scores of rose-pink blooms
sporting bright golden stamens. You can expect it to
reach 8 to 10 feet in height and 6 to 8 feet wide.
it is radio, TV, newspaper or in person, I am always
preaching the placement of the needed bones of the
landscape. This structure, of course, is only
accomplished by having an adequate portion of evergreen
plant material. Camellias like the Kanjiro would be a
perfect choice. They have deep green, glossy leaves and
yet also offer us weeks of terrific blooms.
all other camellias they require fertile well-drained
acid soil. This coming spring would be a great time to
plant woody shrubs and trees and by all means camellias
like the Kanjiro. Garden centers will have their best
camellias along our Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail
are all placed in a series of beds. The canopy of trees
high overhead allows just the right amount of light for
vigorous healthy growth. It only make sense that if we
are going to make investment in the landscape, we need
to do it right by putting our shrubs to bed. It is so
sad to see a fine camellia like Kanjiro placed in a
location where it will be surrounded by turf.
leaves, hundreds of buds and blooms that attract
pollinators of all sorts, including the long tailed
skipper butterfly, make these plants high on my list. I
hope you will add a Kanjiro camellia to your garden this