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Fishtail Camellia, Camellia japonica ‘White Mermaid’

Fishtail Camellia, Camellia japonica ‘White Mermaid’

Fishtail Camellia, Camellia japonica ‘White Mermaid’.
Barbara Smith ©2021, Clemson Extension

Camellia japonica ‘White Mermaid,’ commonly referred to as fishtail camellia, matures to an approximately 10-foot by 10-foot shrub. The blooms are medium-sized, bright white singles with prominent gold stamens.

The blooms are medium-sized, bright white singles with prominent gold stamens.

The blooms of Camellia ‘White Mermaid’ are medium-sized, bright white singles with prominent gold stamens.
Barbara Smith ©2021, Clemson Extension

Many camellias are cultivated for their blooms. However, ‘White Mermaid’ is grown for the unusual foliage: dark green glossy evergreen foliage with fish-tail leaf margins.

For information on camellias in South Carolina, see HGIC 1062, Camellia, Japanese Camellias, and HGIC 2053, Camellia Diseases and Insect Pests.

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988.

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