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Polar ice camellia

Camellia x 'Polar Ice'
Plant Botanical Name: 
Camellia x 'Polar Ice'
USBG Plant Location: 
Light shade
Plant Soil Type: 
Well-drained garden soil
Plant Moisture Requirements: 

This plant, found on the outside of the Rain Garden on the Conservatory Terrace, is one of several fall blooming Camellias introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum that will thrive in the mid-Atlantic region up to Zone 6b. Camellia x 'Polar Ice' has beautiful snow white flowers from fall into winter that are quite showy against the glossy evergreen foliage. Another plus is that the petals shed as the flower fades, unlike many Camellias that need to be dead-headed.