Camellia sinensis 'Silver Dust'

Variegated Tea, Silver Dust Camellia

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Family: Theaceae

Genus: Camellia

Parent: Camellia sinensis

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 3 to 5' tall and wide?

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade

Description: 

Foliage emerges almost white and hardens to green - much of the time they are speckled with white. Single white flowers not particularly showy. Foliage may burn in full sun.

History: 

Ted Stephens brought this back from Japan, having seen it in the garden of Dr. Masato Yokoi, a retired college professor and an expert in plant pigments. The cultivar name was assigned by Ted.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in August 2009 and originally planted it in the corner of the pool fence. It took a long time to start to grow. When it did, almost all the leaves were green and several were burned by the sun. I moved it to a shadier location in late summer 2010 and it immediately looked better. It has remained fairly dense. In spring 2011 it had a spurt of new growth and the variegation came back.


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