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Holiday – Yuletide Camellia

Camellia x vernalis 'Yuletide'

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Holiday – Yuletide Camellia

Camellia x vernalis 'Yuletide'

1 Review

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

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The big red blooms with yellow centers on the Yuletide Camellia are perfect for the holiday season, and that’s exactly when it chooses to bloom – what a perfect idea. Set against the beautiful glossy foliage those blooms keep coming for weeks and this evergreen shrub looks as good in a pot growing in a cold porch as it does out in the garden. Place that pot outdoors from spring to fall or leave it out all winter in warm zones. In the garden it’s lovely in shrub beds or around the house, or out under the trees with azaleas and rhododendrons. A truly versatile beauty that’s a gift from nature.

  • Big red blossoms over the holiday season
  • Glossy evergreen foliage
  • Grows well in partial shade
  • Perfect under tall trees
  • Grow in a pot in colder zones – bring indoors for winter

Morning sun and afternoon shade suit the Yuletide Camellia perfectly. So does light overhead shade from deciduous trees, or a spot on the north side of your house. It does need acid soil with a pH below 6.5, and rich, moist soil that is well-drained, but if you have that, it’s easy to grow. If not, plant it in a pot with soil blended for acid-loving plants and it will be happy for years to come – the gift that keeps on giving.

Plant Hardiness Zones 7-9
Mature Width 4
Mature Height 6
Soil Conditions Grows in Acidic Soil
Sunlight Partial to Full Shade
Drought Tolerance Poor Drought Tolerance
Zones 7-9

The Yuletide Camellia is a Great Holiday Plant

Nothing says Holidays like the happy color, red. With the Yuletide Camellia you are guaranteed the red of Santa’s coat, or Rudolph’s nose when you grow this beautiful evergreen bush. Yes, it’s the perfect gift plant for that family member or friend that loves plants, but heck, don’t you deserve a present too? Whoever it is for, they will love receiving this stunning plant. It will return with its bold blossoms every year through the holidays, with gorgeous red petals and golden centers (Ooh, red and gold are the perfect seasonal colors. . .) Camellias are not as hard to grow as you might think, and with a little basic care this bush will thrive, growing larger and more gorgeous every year, and bursting with blooms just as the turkey is heading for the oven. No, this plant has not been forced into bloom with special tricks – it really does bloom over the holidays naturally, and it will keep on doing it every year – what could be a better gift?

What is the Yuletide Camellia Like?

The Yuletide Camellia is an attractive shrub, growing to about 6 feet tall, or less in a pot. It is upright and bushy, with beautiful smooth, glossy leaves of a rich green – like holly without the spines. Branches cut from mature plants look great in vases or wreathes. In fall you will see fat buds along the branches, in clusters. These are the flowers, which open in succession through November and December over a long period that matches up with the holidays. Each flower is 3 or 4 inches across, with a circle of thick petals that are the perfect, glowing holiday-red color. In the center is a cluster of golden-yellow stamens – together they make a wonderful picture of red and gold. This plant is an unusual hybrid between the fall camellia (Camellia sasanqua) and the spring camellia (Camellia japonica), and it’s called Camellia x vernalis ‘Yuletide’. It was found as an accidental seedling in a nursery in California in 1959 – probably put there by the elves!

How Do You Grow the Yuletide Camellia?

The Yuletide Camellia will grow outdoors in zones 7, 8 and 9, in a semi-shaded place. Protect it from afternoon sun. It needs soil which is slightly acidic and moist but well-drained. If someone is already growing azaleas or rhododendrons in their garden, they can grow this plant too.

Most people, though, grow it in a pot, and there it is easy to use potting soil for acid-loving plants and get perfect results easily. Plus, potted plants can be brought inside during the coldest months, so it can be grown in every zone – and those blooms appreciated indoors over the holidays. The ideal place will be bright and cool, like a closed porch, or a cool sunroom.

Buying the Yuletide Camellia from the Tree Center

We sourced some wonderful young bushes of this great holiday plant, and we would love to send them out to you, your lucky family or your friends. Place your order now, and we will do the rest – that’s one holiday chore you can cross off your list.

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Holiday – Yuletide Camellia

Camellia x vernalis 'Yuletide'

1 Review