Are there any camellia varieties that can tolerate full sun? -Betty
By nature, camellias are woodland shrubs that thrive in spots with dappled sun and shade that provide protection from harsh winds. In home gardens, it’s recommended to plant camellias in locations with partial sunlight or up to half a day of sun.
Is there such thing as too much sun for camellias?
Too much sun exposure on camellias can cause yellowed, scorched leaves and overall poor health. During the winter, too much sun can cause the plants to warm up too quickly and be damaged by late cold snaps.
However, depending on your yard’s microclimate and the variety you choose, you may have some luck growing camellias in full sun. I’ve seen camellias thriving both in wooded backyards and in sunny front borders.
Tips for a sunny yard
If you want to try growing camellias in a sunny yard, here are a few recommendations to help you get started:
- Grow Sasanquas: Fall blooming Camellia sasanquas are more sun tolerant than larger leaved, spring blooming Camellia japonicas.
- Think Red: Camellias with red blooms tend to tolerate sun better than white or pink varieties.
- How To Grow Camellias (article)
- How to Grow Camellias from Seed (article)
- Camellia Culture (North Carolina State University)
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