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Frank Houser Hybrid Camellia

Frank Houser Hybrid Camellia

(Theaceae Camellia Reticulata Frank Houser)

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    Noteworthy Characteristics

    'Frank Houser' Hybrid Camellia is a 1989 introduction from renowned hybridizer Walter Homeyer that has proven to be an undisputed champion when it comes to winning shows.

    If you're like most gardeners, and you like big blooms and lots of them, then you'll absolutely love this variety. 'Frank Houser' produces some of the largest blooms we've ever seen on any Camellia species.The GINORMOUS rose-red to fuchsia-red semi-double to sometimes peony form blooms are up to 9 inches across and are born in profusion from late winter through early spring. The plant itself has a vigorous, spreading growth habit, forming a large shrub or small tree. 


    As a shrub-form, we use Camellia as a specimen, in small groupings, as a hedge or screen, or in foundation plantings to frame the corners or as espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall). When "limbed up" to form a tree, we most often use them as a focal-point specimen to accentuate an entryway or draw attention to a specific area of the landscape.  

    Culture & Care Tips

    Ideally, a well-drained, moist, acidic soil is preferred. As with so many other evergreen ornamentals, Camellia do not like their roots in constantly soggy soil, which can cause disease, damage and even death to the plant. So just make sure the soil is well-drained. Morning sun with afternoon shade or all day filtered sun or dappled shade is best. Can be limbed up from the bottom to create a tree form specimen. Prune after bloom cycle to maintain shape. 

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