Camellia japonica Kramers Supreme

Camellia japonica Kramers Supreme

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Camellia japonica 'Kramer's Supreme' is a distinguished cultivar of the Camellia japonica species, renowned for its large, deep red blooms and lush evergreen foliage. This variety is prized for its ornamental beauty and robust nature, making it a favourite in gardens and landscapes.

Height and Width

  • Height: Typically reaches a height of 2.5 to 3 metres.
  • Width: Spreads out to a width of about 2 to 2.5 metres.

Soil Type

  • Soil Preference: Camellia japonica 'Kramer's Supreme' prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soils. It thrives in rich, organic matter and loamy soils. Consistent moisture is essential, but the soil should be well-draining to prevent root rot.

Plant Description

  • Foliage: The plant features glossy, dark green leaves that are oval-shaped with serrated edges. The evergreen foliage provides year-round interest and serves as a lush backdrop for the vibrant flowers.
  • Growth Habit: Camellia japonica 'Kramer's Supreme' has a dense, upright, and bushy growth habit. It can be pruned to maintain a compact shape or allowed to grow more naturally as a larger shrub or small tree.

Flower Description

  • Flower Colour: The flowers of Camellia japonica 'Kramer's Supreme' are a deep, rich red, offering a striking contrast against the dark green foliage.
  • Flower Shape: The flowers are large, formal double in form, with numerous overlapping petals creating a full, symmetrical appearance. Each flower is typically 10-12 cm in diameter.
  • Blooming Season: This plant flowers from late winter through to early spring, providing a burst of colour when many other plants are not in bloom.
  • Attracts Wildlife: The flowers attract pollinators such as bees, enhancing the ecological value of the garden.

Cultivation and Care

  • Watering: Requires regular watering, especially during dry periods. The soil should be kept moist but not waterlogged. Mulching helps retain soil moisture and keeps the roots cool.
  • Sunlight: Prefers partial shade to full shade. It can tolerate some morning sun, but protection from harsh afternoon sunlight is necessary to prevent leaf scorch.
  • Pruning: Prune after flowering to maintain the plant’s shape and remove any dead or damaged wood. Light pruning can also enhance air circulation within the plant.
  • Fertilising: Benefits from an acid-loving fertiliser applied in early spring and again in late summer. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilisers as they can promote excessive foliage growth at the expense of flowers.

Additional Notes

  • Pests and Diseases: Generally pest and disease-resistant, but can occasionally be affected by scale insects and aphids. Ensuring good air circulation and proper plant care can help prevent these issues.
  • Uses: Ideal for use as a feature plant, in shaded garden beds, or as part of a woodland garden. It can also be effectively grown in large containers. Its attractive flowers and foliage make it suitable for both formal and informal garden styles.