Plant of the Week: Just Chill Red Tip™ Camellia

Just Chill Red Tip Camellia with green and burgundy foliage and pale pink flowers in the landscape

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I hope everyone is having a great new year so far. Have you made any gardening-related New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps you want to start a pollinator garden, improve your garden’s irrigation, or maybe grow something you’ve never tried before. Although many of us are waiting patiently for spring, it’s not too early to start planning and setting goals for your 2024 garden. 

While we wait for spring to arrive in a flurry of blooms, it’s nice to take a look around at our plants that are providing interest even in the gloomy days of winter. Just Chill Red Tip™ Camellia is one of those plants that shines in the garden year-round.

Close up of a pale pink flower on Just Chill Red Tip Camellia

Just Chill Red Tip™ Camellia’s glossy evergreen foliage looks marvelous in the garden all year long, and when you begin to see your other flowers fade in fall, Just Chill Red Tip™ is just getting the party started as its lovely pink flowers emerge mid-fall into winter. The pale pink flowers contrast nicely with the deep green and burgundy foliage.

Just Chill Red Tip™ Camellia grows to 5-8’ tall and 5-6’ wide, making it a great fit for a flowering hedge or as a specimen plant. You can even use this beauty as a foliage filler in a cut flower arrangement! 

This shrub thrives in full sun to part sun and is hardy in USDA zones 7(6b)-9. Pruning is rarely needed, but you can prune it to shape in late winter/early spring after flowering if desired. If you need another reason to love Just Chill Red Tip™ Camellia, it has excellent deer resistance.

Gardening Simplified Podcast

Have you thought of that garden-related New Year’s resolution yet? Check out last week’s episode of Gardening Simplified On Air to hear hosts Rick Vuyst and Stacey Hirvela’s New Year’s resolutions and to learn more about Just Chill Red Tip™ Camellia. And tune in to this week’s episode to hear fellow listeners’ garden resolutions.

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