21 May 2018
MELBOURNE, Australia: The versatility of Camellia as a genus has resulted in a strong resurgence in its popularity around the world. Its diversity in appearance, coupled with the number of available selections, flower colours and types, as well as the options for multiple use, have all combined to create this trend.
Truly Remarkable Bloom
Camellia Volunteer® was bred in New Zealand by renowned Magnolia breeder Mark Jury and was named for the year of the Volunteer (2001). This chance seedling has large rosette shaped pink-red flowers frosted with a distinctive white edge.
It’s easy to understand, with this amazing flower type and New Zealand breeding pedigree, why it was chosen to appear on a postage stamp in New Zealand! This truly remarkable plant is fast growing and has a bloom that sets it apart in the Camellia family and recognises the contributions of volunteers worldwide.
As a medium upright shrub, Camellia Volunteer® is equally at home as a garden or specimen plant, or in planter beds, and makes a great espalier or topiary.
Performs best in partial shade
This variety grows well in full sun, particularly if well-watered, however will perform best in partial shade. Some burning may occur in full sun in extreme high summer temperatures. Tolerates cold in all areas and grows in temperate to sub-tropical areas.
Fertiliser should be applied using an 8-9 month controlled fertiliser, applied in Spring. A disease tolerant plant, it is resistant to pests & diseases.
Member of the Tea Family
Camellias are members of the tea (Theaceae) family, and are native to the coast and mountain regions of eastern Asia. Camellia Volunteer® grows into a tall shrub or small tree up to two metres high. The foliage is a glossy dark green and the flowers are produced from late winter through spring.