Tom Knudsen Camellia (Camellia japonica ‘Tom Knudsen’)

Tom Knudsen Camellia

A deep rose red rose-like bloom with an intoxicating scent! The Tom Knudsen Camellia (Camellia japonica ‘Tom Knudsen’) is a dazzling evergreen shrub with glossy deep-green leaves! Each with delicate toothy edges and a year-round presence, this red Camellia will have you doing a double take with its double layer of petals, streaked with darker red veins.

These are moderately growing shrubs, but that isn’t a bad thing! That means less maintenance and care on your part! These are highly adaptable shrubs and require so little from you to keep them growing beautifully! The satiny petals seem to glow and you’ll love watching bees and butterflies wriggle between the many layers of petals!

Blooming during the mid-winter to early spring months, when a flush of red coloration is most needed, Tom Knudsen Camellias thrive throughout frost-free growing zones throughout USDA 8 to 10. Growing 6-8 feet in height and width, these rounded, full shrubs are gorgeous broad-leaved evergreens year-round!

Planting and Application:

Tom Knudsen Camellia is a large bushy shrub with a multi-trunked frame that adds a lush privacy-inducing feel to the garden! Create rows and allées for screening off outdoor garden rooms and private breakfast nooks! Trim shorter for a gorgeous foundation hedge, a barrier hedge along your property line, or as a gorgeous all-season backdrop for your other landscaping beds!

Impressive specimens or focal points, especially when you ‘limb up’ your shrub to expose the lower branching and limbs! These are fantastic front garden accents that will stand out and add curb appeal! In other areas of the landscape, Camellias are the perfect edge-of-the-woods or woodland garden plants! Let them grow into their natural form without pruning

You’ll want to keep this shrub close to enjoy the wonderful perfume! Bring a few blooms indoors to float in a bowl to scent your bedside table. Create bouquets to bring cheer to someone in need without worrying you’ll deprive yourself of these gorgeous blooms.

  • Deep, Satiny Red Double Blooms & Darker Red Veins
  • Loosely Arranged Fragrant Petals!
  • Glossy Pointed Broad-Leaf Evergreen Leaves
  • Pollinator Favorites & Scented Cut Flowers
  • Ornamental Flowering Hedges, Specimens, Large Planters & Fragrant Accents

Tips for Care:

Camellias prefer rich, acidic soils that are highly enriched with compost and humus. For best results, provide afternoon shade or dappled partial sun locations, but these flowering shrubs will grow in full shade (but you’ll see fewer blossoms). Provide regular moisture, and supplemental moisture during drought to keep them looking and blooming their best. Add a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch, especially for younger plants to provide root shading! Any pruning for size control and shaping should be done after the flowers fade and new growth begins in the spring.

In areas with high deer pressure, it’s recommended to spray your plant with deer repellant from day one and keep spraying according to product directions to train the deer in your area to avoid this plant entirely!

  • Full Shade, Afternoon Shade & Partial Sun
  • Enriched Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Mulched Beds & Humusy Moist Soil
  • Prune After Flowering In Early Spring
  • Great For New Gardeners!

Gleaming red blooms when you need color the most, the fragrant Tom Knudsen Camellia shrub will light up your landscape!

Tom Knudsen Camellia (Camellia japonica ‘Tom Knudsen’) Details

Common name Tom Knudsen Camellia
Botanical name Camellia japonica 'Tom Knudsen'
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 8 - 10
Growth rate Medium
Height 6 - 8 ft.
Width 6 - 8 ft.
Sunlight Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Red