Christmas Carol™ Camellia

Camellia x vernalis 'Green J-039'

When you cross Camellia japonica with Camellia sasanqua you get the best of two worlds: The graceful, semi-weeping habit makes it useful for those who find japonicas too stiff and stodgy in the landscape. Red, bell-shaped flowers with white edges begin in fall, continuing through the Christmas season. Fallen flowers create a beautiful effect, embellishing the ground in red and white like a holiday skirt.


Red bell-shaped flowers with white edges

Plant Type

New IntroductionsShrubs

Evergreen or Deciduous


USDA Zones

7, 8, 9

Zone Detail

Hardy to 0°F to 10°F

Key Features

Fall Blooming


Accent, Coastal, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Planting, Woodland Garden


Full Sun to Part Shade



Soil Type

Well-drained garden soil with rich organic matter


Yearly in spring


5-7' H x 3-5' W


After flowering 

Planting Instructions

  • water before planting
  • plant in Full Sun to Part Shade
  • dig hole 3X the width of pot,
  • backfill and plant 1"-2" above soil level
  • water and add more soil if needed
  • mulch plants