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Camellia japonica 'Doctor King'

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Provides low-maintenance spring colour

Bushy habit with glossy evergreen foliage

Great for front gardens mixed borders and shrubberies

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A brilliant way to brighten up your borders in spring, low maintenance Camellia japonica 'Doctor King' bursts into bloom with masses of crimson flowers, each centred with a bright yellow eye for that extra pop of colour. This gorgeous Camellia variety comes alive in spring and puts on a fabulous show that you can look forward to year after year with very little fuss. Even when not in bloom, the sturdy structure and dense covering of glossy green leaves make an impact either as part of a mixed planting scheme, shrubbery or as a standalone specimen. Thriving in sun or partial shade, it’s a great choice for a front garden where is will act as a useful year-round screen too. Height: 3m (10’). Spread: 2.5m (8’).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 300cm (118in)
Spread Up to 250cm (98in)

Hardy Shrub

cottage gardenslow maintenance gardenspecimen plant

sun or semi shade

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Flowering Months


1 x 9cm potted camellia plant (KB3629)

Camellia plants require a moist, well drained, acid soil in a sheltered, shaded position. In areas where acid soil does not naturally occur, grow Camellia plants in patio containers using a mix of ericaceous compost and John Innes No. 3 and position in dappled shade.

Water regularly until plants are fully established. Where possible, use rainwater as the lime contained in tap water will reduce the acidity in the soil over time. Feed Camellias occasionally with fertiliser for acid-loving plants. Protect plants from cold winter winds and strong early morning sunlight, as this may cause the buds to drop in early spring.

Camellias will appreciate an autumn mulch to protect their roots from winter cold. Camellias require little pruning other than to maintain their shape. Lightly trim stems and remove faded blooms immediately after flowering.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £5.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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