Camellias are long lived evergreen shrubs or small trees that can grow anywhere from 6-20 feet tall with up to a 10 foot spread, depending on the species and cultivar. They have glossy, dark green, 2"- 4" foliage that is attractive even when the plant is out of bloom.

Camellias are normally fall to early spring bloomers, with their flowers normally appearing sometime from October through March, but in colder regions they may not bloom until late spring.  The flower colors range from pure white to deep, dark red and there are even some bi-colored varieties.  Because of all the variations in color, size and flower types it is a good idea to select and purchase Camellias when they are in bloom.
Japanese Camellias, Camellia japonica typically pyramid shape, and have leathery 4" leaves with serrated edges.  

They slowly grow to 10-15 feet tall. The 2"-5" flowers appear singly at the end of their branches.

Sasanqua Camellias, Camellia sasanqua are smaller shrub with smaller leaves and flowers, only growing 6-10 feet tall and have a more open growing pattern with fuzzy stems.  They will tolerate a little more sun than Japanese Camellias.
Most Camellias are hardy in USDA zones 7-10.  Camellia plants should be grown in partial shade, but will tolerate some morning sun.  Full sun will burn the foliage, but full shade will reduce flowering considerably. White and light pink flowering varieties require more shade than dark colored ones.  Camellias require will-drained, slightly acidic soil with a ph of 6.0-6.5.

Camellias are generally not heavy feeders but if growth is weak or the leaves begin to turn yellow, they should be fertilized in late winter or very early in the spring when new growth begins.  Use a Camellia type fertilizer applied sparingly around the plant and always water fertilized plants thoroughly after the application.
Camellias seldom require pruning, but if they become overgrown, they can be pruned back as necessary immediately after blooms fade or in mid-summer.  Remove weak, spindly or dead branches. Thin out the inner branches and shorten lower limbs to encourage upright growth.

When planting dig the hole twice the diameter root ball and about 1 1/2 the depth. Water heavily, to settle the soil and remove air pockets in the soil.  Add a thick layer of mulch (2"-3" shredded bark) to help maintain moisture.

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Welcome to Sperbeck's Nursery

We began building our business in 1986 and opened the doors May 16th, 1987. Our mission for our business is a place where our guests and friends are welcomed and they will..... 

"Be aware of the blessings of the beauty of this world, of the joy of friendships shared and of the peace found only in Him"

....through the gardens and the landscapes of which we are blessed to help create.

We enjoy helping our customers at the nursery take home the right plant or garden accessory for the place in their garden.  We delight teaching customers how to be successful with their garden projects from planting, to properly caring for them and enjoying them as they add beauty and value to their homes for years to come.  We love designing or installing landscapes, now for two generations of clients.  We appreciate maintaining our landscapes to allow them to mature into the beauty for which they were created.

               ​Operating Hours

Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Closed Sunday 

Closed during rain.

             Free rose pruning seminar!

       Saturday. January 13th, 2018 

     From 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM

Sperbeck's Nursery

1332 Woodward Street

Yuba City, CA 95993

Phone (530) 673-8312 or

(530) 673-8334

​Fax (530) 673-3134


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