Camellia japonica 'Commander Mulroy'
Description: There are many varieties of the popular evergreen Camellia each producing an abundance of showy flowers available in a wide range of colours, and all suitable for the border or woodland garden.
'Commander Mulroy' is a compact, upright, bushy shrub, with luxuriant rich green foliage and very attractive white formal double flowers with slight touch of pink at the margin opening from pink buds in spring.
As this is a compact variety it is particularly suited to being grown as a container or patio plant
Climate/Position: Ideally partial shade in a sheltered site. Can tolerate full sun if soil conditions are good (rich in organic matter) but avoid position facing early morning sun as this will burn the flowers in the coldest winter/spring mornings. Reasonable tolerance of coastal conditions.
Height/Spread: Up to 2 metres after 10 years.
Soil Requirements: Neutral / acidic soil, rich in organic matter and moisture retentive. It is a good idea to place mulch such as leaf-mould, compost or bark around plants to keep roots cool and promote water retention.
Pruning: Generally avoid pruning. Removal of dead flowers will enhance the look of the plant after flowering.
However, if pruning is required for shaping or rejuvenation the plant will respond well to this. Cut back after flowering in late Spring.
Plant using Rootgrow Ericoid Mycorrhizal fungi and Ericaceous compost. Feed annually with Ericaceous plant feed.
Partial shade avoiding early morning sun to ensure flowers are not damaged.
syn 'Monuoyi Shangxioa'.
This variety was developed in Louisiana USA in 1960.