Gardeners seeking to adorn landscapes in more northerly climates with delicate camellia blossoms will learn how to in this comprehensive guide. Following a brief history of the genus Camellia and the breeding process which has enabled strains to survive in colder climates, this guide outlines the steps to success--from siting, planting, and fertilizing to pruning, propagating, and controlling pests and diseases. Besides offering a wealth of time-tested advice--from one who for more than 40 years has mounted extensive research in the cultivation of camellias suitable for areas outside of their natural habitat and has had a type of camellia named after him--this handbook provides a list of camellia varieties that will thrive in zones five and six, as well as appendices identifying camellia societies, nursery sources, collections, and suggested readings.
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Author Biography - William L. Ackerman
William L Ackerman is a former president of the Camellia Society of the Potomac Valley and the author of Growing Camellias in Cold Climates. A research horticulturist at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC, until his retirement, he continues his research and experimentation with hybridisation of cold-hardy spring- and fall-flowering camellias and the development of commercially acceptable yellow camellias. He lives in Ashton, Maryland.