• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Camellia sasanqua 'Jean May'

Camellia 'Jean May'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
Camellia 'Jean May'

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Camellia 'Jean May'

  • Genus Camellia are evergreen shrubs with simple, ovate, glossy, leathery leaves and showy flowers with solitary or clustered flowers early in the year

  • Family Theaceae / Theaceae

  • Species 'Jean May' is a compact, bushy evergreen shrub with dark foliage and slightly fragrant, semi-double or double, shell-pink flowers to 10cm across in winter and early spring

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)
    Old hardiness ratings

    While we update our systems with the new hardiness ratings you may still see old hardiness ratings in your search results. These are denoted as 'Old'.

    • H1 - Requires heated glass
    • H2 - Requires unheated glass
    • H3 - Hardy outside in some regions of the UK
    • H4 - Hardy throughout the UK
    • H1 + H3 - Requires heated glass but may be grown outside in summer

    For full details of the hardiness ratings see

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    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Suitable for woodland and acidic soils. Position in a site sheltered from cold, dry winds and early morning sun as buds and flowers may be damaged by cold winds and early frosts. Will thrive in full sun once established provided that the roots are kept cool and moist

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8

Pests May be attacked by aphids, scale insects and vine weevil

Diseases May be subject to a virus

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