Camellia japonica Little Red Riding Hood

Camellia japonica Little Red Riding Hood

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Camellia japonica 'Little Red Riding Hood' is a charming cultivar of the Camellia japonica species, known for its vibrant red flowers and compact growth habit. This variety is ideal for adding a splash of colour to smaller gardens, containers, or shaded garden areas.

Height and Width

  • Height: Typically reaches a height of 1.5 to 2 metres.
  • Width: Spreads out to a width of about 1.5 to 2 metres.

Soil Type

  • Soil Preference: Camellia japonica 'Little Red Riding Hood' prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soils. It thrives in rich, organic matter and loamy soils. Consistent moisture is key, 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 finely serrated edges. The evergreen foliage provides year-round interest and serves as a lush backdrop for its vibrant flowers.
  • Growth Habit: Camellia japonica 'Little Red Riding Hood' has a compact, bushy growth habit. Its size makes it ideal for smaller garden spaces, borders, or containers.

Flower Description

  • Flower Colour: The flowers of Camellia japonica 'Little Red Riding Hood' are a striking bright red, providing a bold splash of colour.
  • Flower Shape: The flowers are semi-double to peony form, with layers of ruffled petals creating a full, textured appearance. Each flower is typically 8-10 cm in diameter.
  • Blooming Season: This plant flowers from mid to late winter into early spring, offering vibrant colour during the cooler months.
  • 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. Its compact size also makes it suitable for containers and smaller garden spaces. Its attractive flowers and foliage make it suitable for both formal and informal garden styles.