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Camellia Japonica Adolphe Audusson - Full Standard Tree
Camellia Adolphe Audusson is one of the best known of the Camellia Japonica varieties, originating from France in 1910. Renowned for good reason, Camellia Adolphe Audusson has glossy dark green foliage and spectacular blood red flowers with striking golden stamens. The flowers appear en masse, covering the entire crown of the tree and producing a magnificent display in Spring.
Depending on your location the buds can start to bloom as early as February and March and the prolific blooms will continue flowering right through until May.
Camellia Adolphe Audusson is hardy variety to around -15C and is a beautiful evergreen shrub, our specimens are rare full standard trees. These are trained with a clear stem and a full crown and look stunning especially when in full bloom.
Camellias need to be grown in acidic soil to really thrive, if your soil is not acidic, Camellias will grow in containers using ericaceous soil. They need feeding a couple of times a year with liquid 'Camellia feed' and do need to be kept watered (not waterlogged!). In late summer to early Autumn it is very important to not let your Camellia dry out - this is the time of year when buds are forming for next year's display.
Camellia Adolphe Audusson is hardy and a very reliable variety. The pretty, bright red flowers, are circa 11cm in diameter, they form as semi-double blooms with 12 petals formed in 3 rounds with a crown of golden stamens at the centre, some of these may develop as petaloid stamens.
Where to plant - Camellias don't like cold, dry winds, it is best to plant in a sheltered location. We recommend avoiding an easterly aspect, the cold morning sun from the east, during the winter months, is hard for Camellias to bear. Camellias can be planted at any time of the year as long as the ground is not frosted. Best time to plant is in late Autumn when the ground is still warm from the summer. Give them a good mulch every year and carefully dead-head the flowers after blooming. Remember, Camellia Adolphe Audusson is a relatively slow growing variety so a light prune to keep in shape once a year is all that is required.