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Victory Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Victory'

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#1 Container $32.50
Ships Week of 03/31/21

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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.

About Me

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The Victory Camellia is a very rare but absolutely gorgeous variety, with large rose-red blooms that look like peonies appearing by the end of winter. They have a broad circle of outer petals and a bold center of ruffled and fluted petals. This vigorous bush will reach 10 feet or more in height, with a broad spread and upright growth. Plant it in semi-shade, among the plants around your home, perhaps in a corner, or between windows. Grow it out in beds or on the lawn, where it can be trimmed up with a short trunk. Plant it at the edge of wooded areas. The foliage is beautiful, making a lovely shrub even during the months when it doesn’t bloom.

  • Large rose-red peony form blossoms
  • Blooms in late winter for gorgeous color
  • Strong, vigorous upright evergreen shrub
  • Grows well in a pot if you don’t have suitable soil
  • Can be overwintered indoors in colder zones

Plant your Victory Camellia in partial shade, with morning sun and afternoon shade, or in dappled shade beneath deciduous trees. Grow it in soil that is moist, well-drained, rich and acidic, with a pH value of 6.5 or less. If you don’t have suitable soil it will grow well in a pot, using soil for acid-loving plants, and this is also a good way to grow it in colder zones, bringing it inside to a cool, well-lit place for the coldest months.

Plant Hardiness Zones 7-10
Mature Width 4-8
Mature Height 6-10
Soil Conditions Moist, Well-Drained Soil
Sunlight Partial Shade
Drought Tolerance Light Drought Tolerance
Zones 7-10

When it comes to camellias, there is one style that always catches attention, and that is the big, ruffled double blooms called ‘peony flowered’. This is what you get in spades with the beautiful Victory Camellia. The very large flowers are full of ruffled and twirled petals forming a flamboyant blossom of bright rose-red, that is incredibly beautiful, and simple screams, “Love me!” Yet this plant is rare, and although it was created nearly 80 years ago, we had trouble finding it. But we did, and we have a few precious plants available, of a camellia that is amazingly beautiful and yet seems to have ‘slipped through the cracks’. This vigorous bush blooms in late winter, and grows into an upright evergreen at least 10 feet tall. Give it plenty of room, because when it is in bloom you will just want to stand back and admire it. We understand completely why the breeder gave it this name. . .

Growing the Victory Camellia

Size and Appearance

The Victory Camellia is a vigorous evergreen bush that grows into an upright shrub reaching 10 feet, or even more in time. It will be about 6 feet wide. The leaves are leathery and 3 to 4 inches long, with small serrations along the edges and a pointed tip. They are a rich dark-green color all year round, and even out of bloom this is a wonderful evergreen to give structure and form to your garden. You will see the flower buds developing through the fall and winter, gradually increasing in size and then, around the end of winter, they will open. The blooms are large, 4 to 5 inches across, and each one is an full, spread out circle of broad petals containing a center of ruffled petals. The color is a perfect, clear, rose-red. This flower is called by camellia experts a ‘peony-flowered’ form, because it does resemble certain kinds of peonies. Sometimes a stray yellow stamen or two will peak out between the central petals, adding a flash of gold. This bush blooms profusely, and mature plants carry hundreds of flowers in a season. The blooms open in succession over several weeks, with each blossom lasting about 7 days, before dropping neatly to the ground.

Using the Victory Camellia in Your Garden

This superb shrub is ideal for planting among evergreens around your home, to fill corners or the spaces between windows. Plant at least 4 feet away from a wall. Use it in the background of shrub beds, with later-blooming plants in front. Grow it on a lawn as a specimen, or in a large tub or planter box. It can be turned into a stunning hedge or screen by planting in a row, spacing plants 3 feet apart.

Hardiness

The Victory Camellia will grow well in all zones from 7 to 10.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

The Victory Camellia grows best in partial sun, with some morning direct sun and shade in the afternoon. Dappled shade beneath deciduous trees, or against an east or north-facing wall are also good options, if there is clear sky overhead. The soil should be moist but well-drained, and rich with organic material. Make sure you use lime-free materials when preparing the planting area. The soil should be acidic, with a pH value of 6.5 or less. If you don’t have suitable soil, grow this bush in a large pot, using soil blended for acid-loving plants. This is also ideal if you live in a colder area and can bring your plant indoors for the winter.

Maintenance and Pruning

Pests and diseases are rare with the Victory Camellia, which is a vigorous bush that is largely trouble-free. Pruning is not needed, but if you do want to trim it, do this immediately after flowering has ended. Don’t trim branches in summer, as this will reduce flowering. Feed potted trees through spring and early summer with liquid fertilizer for acid-loving plants. Mulch outdoor plants in spring with lime-free compost or peat moss. Potted trees can be brought into a cool, bright place once night temperatures are regularly under 40 degrees. They will often bloom indoors. Don’t keep them in a hot room, but somewhere that is cool but frost-free. Place your plant back outside once the danger of frost has passed.

History and Origin of the Victory Camellia

The Japanese camellia, Camellia japonica, has been grown in Japanese and Chinese gardens for so long that the first plants to arrive in Europe and America were garden plants from nurseries, not wild plants at all. These flowers, miraculously blooming in winter, caused an enormous rush of interest, both in the South and in Europe, where they were popular among the ‘rich and famous’. By the 20th century growing camellias had become a popular hobby, and most of the varieties we have were created by private people who belonged to local clubs. The Southern California Camellia Society was an important one, and Joshua E. Youtz was a member. We know nothing about him, but his name was given to another camellia hybrid, so he must have been an important grower. We do know that he created the camellia called ‘Victory’, which was first described in the SCCS journal in 1942. It should not be confused with ‘Victory White’ or ‘Chandler’s Victory’.

Buying the Victory Camellia at the Tree Center

There is nothing like having a piece of history in your garden, especially if it is as beautiful today as the day almost 200 years ago that it first arrived in America. You will love the Victory Camellia in your garden, but order soon, as heirloom plants like this are always in enormous demand, but in limited supply.

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Victory Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Victory'

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