Debutante Camellia

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Gorgeous creamy pink double helpings of petals, the Debutante Camellia (Camellia japonica 'Debutante') is just what your landscape needs when your winters seem a bit bleak! These are broad-leaved evergreen shrubs with attractive glossy, deep green foliage and a dense, bushy form that fills large areas in beauty all year long!

One of the earliest Camellias to bloom, each voluptuous flower attracts bees and other curious beneficial pollinators seeking out a nectar-rich meal. The Peony or Rose-like blooms are long-lasting and brighten the dappled shade and understory garden! The elegant flowers are perfectly symmetrical and concentric as if each bloom has its petals arranged by a perfectionist!

Debutante double Camellia bushes are heat and humidity tolerant throughout USDA growing zones 7 to 9 and can reach a lovely 6-10 foot tall size, with a slightly smaller spread. You can train these broad-leaved evergreens into any size or shape needed, even creating a unique multi-trunked tree form by 'limbing up' the lower branches.

Planting and Application:

Debutante is a fantastic flowering ornamental with year-round foliage and is easily trained and shaped to suit your landscape's needs! Create a tree-form specimen or leave it bushy for privacy, or go over the top and create an Espalier living wall or privacy fence!

Camellia brightens the shady mixed shrub border and shows off in groupings. Or you can create a curb appeal boosting focal point planting by situating a solitary shrub in a key location around the landscape. Try anchoring your home's foundation border, or softening a hardscape corner or rock wall. Plant in rows and groupings for lush privacy that keeps its foliage all year round!

  • Creamy Light Pink Double Blooms
  • Glossy Broad-Leaved Evergreen Foliage
  • Blooms Mid-Winter to Spring
  • Pollinators Favorite
  • Hedges, Screening, Winter Interest & Specimens!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Camellia flowering ornamental shrubs do best in partial shade - either morning sun and afternoon shade, or all-day dappled shade. Plant in organically enriched, well-drained soil that has consistent, moderate moisture availability. Appreciating slightly acidic soil and a 3-4 inch layer of pine bark mulch over their root systems, Camellia should only be pruned right after they flower, or you will not see blooms next winter! Deer tend to avoid these plants unless desperate. For best results, protect from excessively sunny or windy/exposed sites.

  • Part Sun/Partial Shade
  • Regular Moisture Needs & Appreciates Mulch
  • Any Slightly Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune Immediately After Flowering
  • Seldom Bothered by Deer

Let the big double blooms of the pink, early winter-flowering Debutante Camellia light up your landscape this year! Hurry and order your flowering broadleaved evergreens today at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Debutante Camellia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Camellia japonica 'Debutante'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 6 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No