PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Camellia ‘Buttermint’ (Camellia x williamsii)

It’s Camellia season which means a lot of otherwise anonymous looking evergreen shrubs are starting to offer us a colorful respite from the cold, wet, and grey. Don’t get us wrong, we like clouds and we like moss. But after a while we need a little more eye candy. * cue the Camellias

We have some stunners on hand like ‘Eleanor McCown’, ‘Donation’, ‘Kramer’s Supreme’, and ‘Taylor’s Perfection’, but the one that is currently making our collective knees buckle is ‘Buttermint’.

Camellia x williamsii ‘Buttermint’ is one of the smaller Camellias getting only about 6 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide which provides many more options for placement in your landscape. Because of its small stature, ‘Buttermint would be great planted in a front garden bed near an entrance or at the corner of the building where it can soften the harsh right angles with its evergreen flowery beauteousness.

Besides its very friendly size, the blooms which start in January and carry on for up to 8 weeks are a nearly indescribable, ethereal color. At first glance they read as white, but wait. They are a fully double flower with the outer parts of the petals ivory white and deep inside at the petal’s bases it is a rich, warm, sunshiny yellow. It’s hard to distinguish the transition of color. You can see both colors, but it’s hard to see how one becomes the other. They just sort of glow. Hence, ‘ethereal’. It’s relaxing just gazing at them.