Camellia transarisanensis 'Snow Bells'

Snow Bells Camellia




Family: Theaceae

Genus: Camellia

Parent: Camellia transarisanensis

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: (7)8 to 9

Size: To 10' tall in China but more compact here

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Small fairly linear leaves on branches which have an almost weeping habit. White, fragrant, bell-shaped flowers hanging from the stems in February to March. Ted Stephens says that he has seen as many as 6 flower buds at a node, with each node encircled by buds.


Sold as Camellia handelii 'Snow Bells'.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in April 2010 and planted it in the back garden. It is in more than the recommended amount of sun (full sun until 2 pm in summer). It showed no signs of stress and has grown dramatically all summer. The new growth has been tinted purple and gold but looks extremely healthy. Doubled in fullness throughout the first growing season.

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