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Experience the art of Bonsai with our selection of bonsai starter plants. Including species of Azaleas, Serissas, Dwarf Elms, and Conifers.
 

Altheaiflora Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Altheaiflora'  

Medium-sized, deep carmine red, peony form flowers are produced in midspring or late in the season. Altheaiflora Camellia is an heirloom, large flowered Japonica Camellia with a a strong upright to slightly weeping habit developing into a large evergreen shrub. Provide Camellias with a fertile soil rich in organic matter, with average moisture, and a deep organic mulch. See our Camellia and Sasanqua Growing Guide for an in-depth guide to properly planting and growing these beautiful, long-lived evergreen shrubs. Images courtesy of Cam Too Camellia Nursery, all rights reserved. Item# 13198

Grows To: 8-12'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Anticipation Camellia

Camellia x williamsii 'Anticipation'  

An RHS Award of Garden Merit winner! Large, deep rosy pink, peony form flowers are produced over an exceptionally long period from early to late in the season or December to April. Anticipation Camellia, a hybrid C. x williamsii type, is a large growing, evergreen shrub cloaked in very dark foliage and with a naturally upright hybrid making it a good choice as a screen or hedge as well as a specimen. Provide Camellias with a fertile soil rich in organic matter, with average moisture, and a deep organic mulch. See our Camellia and Sasanqua Growing Guide for an in-depth guide to properly planting and growing these beautiful, long-lived evergreen shrubs. Item# 13199

Grows To: 8-12'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Apollo 14 Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Apollo 14'  

Large, up to 6" wide, deep pink perfect or rose form flowers accented with darker veins and are moired or splotched with contrasting bright white and are produced early in the season, December to January. Apollo 14 Camellia, a large flowered Japonica type, is a large evergreen shrub with a compact, naturally upright habit and becoming rounded at maturity. Provide Camellias with a fertile soil rich in organic matter, with average moisture, and a deep organic mulch. See our Camellia and Sasanqua Growing Guide for an in-depth guide to properly planting and growing these beautiful, long-lived evergreen shrubs. Item# 13200

Grows To: 8-12'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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April Tryst Camellia

Camellia x 'April Tryst'  

Zone 6B cold hardy! Medium sized, intense bright red, anemone form flowers with a smattering of white variegated petaloids and occasionally displaying pink filaments tipped with gold stamens. Flowers over an extended period in midseason, February to April. April Tryst Camellia is a large flowered Japonica Camellia with a moderate rate of growth eventually developing into a large, rounded evergreen shrub. Part of the April series developed by Dr. Clifford Parks and like its peers it was selected for its exceptional zone 6B cold hardiness as well as for its form and flowers. Provide Camellias with a fertile soil rich in organic matter, with average moisture, and an organic mulch. Images courtesy of CamToo Camellia Nursery, all rights reserved. Item# 13202

 

Grows To: 8-12'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Arctic Rose Camellia

Camellia x 'Arctic Rose'  

Medium sized, deep rose red, perfect form flowers are produced over an extended period beginning in midseason and continues well into the late season, February-April. Arctic Rose Camellia develops into a medium to large evergreen shrub with a dense compact habit with a moderate rate of growth. Its slightly smaller mature size makes it a good choice for a low maintenance hedge or container specimen as well as an accent or specimen in the landscape. As its name would imply, Arctic Rose, a William Ackerman hybrid, was selected for its ability to flower reliably even into zone 6. Provide Camellias with a fertile soil rich in organic matter, with average moisture, and an organic mulch. Images courtesy of CamToo Camellia Nursery, all rights reserved. Item# 13203

 

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Astronaut Evergreen Azalea, Holly Springs Astronaut Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Holly Springs Astronaut'  

The out of this world very large, up to 5" across, funnel shaped flowers can range from solid salmon, to randomly flecked and streaked with salmon and pink, to white with randomly flecked with pink and are produced in late spring. Astronaut Azalea, a.k.a. Holly Springs Astronaut, is a Satsuki hybrid developing into a 3' high mound of deep green, medium textured, evergreen foliage. It lends itself to bonsai culture but is sure to be a low-maintenance conversation piece in the garden and landscape. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Azalea flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 12796

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Black Dragon Japanese Cedar, Cryptomeria

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'  

A dwarf, densely branching upright selection of the evergreen Japanese Cedar with dark blackish-green mature foliage and soft green new growth. An excellent specimen plant and backdrop for lighter flowers and foliage. Item # 9111.

Grows To: 10'H x 6'W avg
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 18
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Chansonette Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia hiemalis 'Chansonette'  

This award winner boasts 3" wide, brilliant pink, formal double flowers that are produced very early in the season, October to December. The flowers may show golden stamens at times. Chansonette Sasanaqua Camellia, a seedling of the famed Shi-Shi Gashira and a C. hiemalis type, is a moderately vigorous, broadly spreading, small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a somewhat loose and open habit growing to about 4-5' high and nearly twice as wide. It has medium-textured, deep green foliage typical of most Sasanquas and should make for a colorful fall accent or informal hedge. Sasanqua Camellias are much more tolerant of growing conditions than standard Japonica Camellias and can tolerate less than perfect soils and full sun to light shade conditions. A winner of the 1959 Ralph Peers Award. Images courtesy of Cam Too Camellia Nursery, all rights reserved. Item# 13214
 

Grows To: 4-5'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, AM sun, Part sun, Filtered shade, Bright shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Deep clear red flowers hang like Chinese lanterns are produced in large clusters at the ends of weeping branches of this rare, unusual, and free flowering tropical Hibiscus. Under warm tropical conditions the Chinese Lantern Hibiscus may flower continuously throughout the year. This is a small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a naturally weeping form that makes it suitable for medium to large hanging baskets and container culture as well as a free flowering Bonsai specimen. Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Item# 11238

Grows To: 3-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Cool AM sun, Part shade, Light shade, Filtered shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Chinzan Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Chinzan'  

Bright bubblegum pink 2" flowers contrast nicely with dark bronze green foliage of this dainty Azalea cultivar. Chinzan Evergreen Azalea develops into a low 2' high mound of evergreen foliage that spreads to about 3' wide. Excellent as an accent, a low evergreen border, and is considered to be a choice bonsai specimen. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Item# 10850

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Morning sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Light shade, *Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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In spring dainty 3-4" spikes of pink, Hyacinth-like flowers emerge from the soil to nestle among the often still unfurling rich green, burgundy pinstriped foliage. A winner in fairy gardens, rock gardens, in a border, or in containers! The tiny bulbs of Ledebouria quickly multiply and aren't picky about depth and will often be stacked one atop the other. Provide good drainage and average moisture in sun to light shade. Tough and easy yet dainty! 20+ bulbs/plants per pot. Item# 10466.

Grows To: 2-4"H and slowly spreading at 1-2" per year
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
Currently In Stock: 7
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Dwarf Ledebouria, Scilla, Squill

Drimiopsis kirkii, D. botryoides, Ledebouria kirkii  

The wide, thick, low succulent arching silvery green foliage is spotted and speckled with large and small dark green spots. Leaves may be occasionally lightly to heavily variegated with white. Ledebouria is a bulbous perennial that produces small spikes of white hyacinth-like flowers in spring and summer that are held well above the intricately patterned foliage. An easy and forgiving window sill or patio plant, Ledebourias are native to the forests of Eastern Africa and multiply readily and quickly. Do not keep overly moist and provide sharp drainage. Multiple bulbs per pot. Item# 10989

Grows To: 2-4"H x 6-8"W
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade

Dwarf Pink Powder Puff Tree, Dwarf Red Powderpuff

Calliandra haematocephala 'Nana'  

The Dwarf Pink (or Red) Powderpuff Tree produces showy red Mimosa like flowers continuously throughout the year. This small to medium sized naturally evergreen tropical shrub makes a wonderful container plant where not hardy and may also be used for a continuous flowering Bonsai specimen. Where hardy it can be used as a hedge that the hummingbirds are sure to fight over! Provide good drainage and a full to partial sun location for the best results. Caterpillar host: Statira Sulphur. Item# 565.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 25
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Eskimo Dawn Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia 'Eskimo Dawn' or C. oleifera 'Eskimo Dawn'  

Pure white, formal double, a.k.a. rose or perfect form, flowers are produced in fall and standout like spotlights against the foil of deep dark green, glossy, medium-textured foliage. Eskimo Dawn Sasanqua Camellia, potentially a selection or hybrid of C. oleifera, is an exceptionally cold hardy, small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a slow growth rate making it a good choice for container culture as well as for a low maintenance small hedge, accent, or specimen in the garden and landscape. There seems to be very little information available about this plant. Images courtesy of Cam Too Camellia Nursery, all rights reserved. Item#13220
 

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, AM sun, Part sun, Filtered shade, Bright shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Golden Dragon™ Japanese Plum Yew, Cow-Tail Pine

Cephalotaxus harringtoniana 'Golden Dragon', C. harringtonii  

The bright buttery yellow, narrow foliage whorls densely around the upright stems and is tolerant of full sun conditions in the northern portions of its range without burning. A new twist on a popular old favorite, the Golden Dragon™ Plum Yew, a selection of Cephalotaxus harringtoniana, is a tough and easy, low maintenace, small evergreen shrub with a dense compact habit and a soft texture slowly growing to about 3-4' high and wide. It can be used as both low maintenance container specimens as well as in the garden and landscape where its brilliant foliage will create a wonderful contrast with its neighbors. *The Plum Yews can tolerate full sun in areas with cooler summer temperatures but may be best where they receive some midday and/or afternoon shade in hot summer climates. They are deer resistant and are shade tolerant but Golden Dragon™ will have the brightest foliage coloration where it receives at least some direct sunlight, preferably about 4 hours or more. Provide an average moist, well-drained, fertile soil for optimum growth and vigor. Images courtesy of Star® Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12805

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun* (N regions), Mostly sunny* (N regions), Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Green's Blues™ Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia hiemalis 'Green's Blues', C. sasanqua 'Green's Blues'  

A blue flowered Sasanqua! Dark purple buds open to purplish-red the first day and change to lavender-blue the second creating a multi-colored effect on this semi-dwarf evergreen Sasanqua in fall. The blues are intensified in acid soils. Rich deep green rounded foliage on a compact rounded plant. Very similar to Shi-Shi Gashira in foliage and habit and is a chance seedling of the Louisiana Super Plant selection Shi-Shi Gashira. Item# 9636.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, AM sun, Part sun, Filtered shade, Bright shade
4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 15
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Grey Owl Juniper

Juniperus 'Grey Owl', J. virginiana 'Grey Owl'  

Silvery gray-green foliage adorns this broadly spreading but low growing evergreen female Juniper that adorns itself with blue-gray cones each summer that are sure to attract a variety of birds and other wildlife. Grey Owl's low spreading habit and steely gray color lend it to use in the garden and landscape where it contrasts wonderfully with darker colored foliage. It also has bonsai potential. Provide a well drained soil and full to mostly sunny conditions. Dr. Michael Dirr says that this is "Among the best of the shrubby spreading junipers." in Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs. Grey Owl is often sold as a cultivar of Eastern Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana, and it may very well be, but some, like Dr. Dirr, suggest that it may be a hybrid that includes the Pfitzer Juniper in its parentage. Caterpillar host: Juniper Hairstreak and Siva Juniper Hairstreak. Item# 10894

Grows To: 3-5'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Hilda Niblett Evergreen Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Hilda Niblett'  

A Robin Hill hybrid, Hilda Niblett produces large rich multi-colored flowers in varying shades of coral and pink over an extended period beginning in mid spring on a naturally dwarf and compact slow growing spreading to mounding plant. The long flowering season and compact habit make this an easy choice for bonsai culture and where a low maintenance evergreen is needed in the landscape. Provide a well-drained, moist, humus rich, acid soil for the best results. Item# 11598

Grows To: 1-2'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 11
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Hokkaido Dwarf Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm

Ulmus parvifolia 'Hokkaido', U. p. var. pygmaea  

Tiny deep green foliage adorns the tiny delicate limbs of this extremely dwarf Elm. Perfect for bonsai. Slow growing to 18" high. A rare find. Item # 456.

Grows To: slowly to 18''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Iveryanum Evergreen Azalea, Iveryana Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Iveryanum', R. 'Iveryana'  

The 2-3" wide, white funnel shaped flowers are randomly flecked with pink to red and are produced in late spring. Iveryanum Azalea, a.k.a. Iveryana, is an heirloom dwarf Southern Indica hybrid developing into a 3' high mound of medium to deep green, medium textured, evergreen foliage. It lends itself to bonsai culture but is sure to be a low-maintenance conversation piece in the garden and landscape. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Azalea flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 12797

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Johga Evergreen Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Johga', R. 'Joga', R. 'Vohga'  

The 2-3" wide mainly white flowers have a nicely contrasting deep cherry red blotch and flecks but are occasionally light pink to light lavender and are produced in mid to late spring. Johga Azalea, a sport of Izayoi and sometimes spelled 'Joga', is a dwarf Satsuki evergreen azalea that slowly develops into a 2-3' high mound of deep green medium-texured foliage. It lends itself to bonsai culture but is sure to be a low-maintenance conversation piece in the garden and landscape. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Azalea flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 12799

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 22
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Kagiri Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Kagiri'  

The exquisite medium-sized, high centered, formal double, bright white flowers are produced late in the season, March to April, and standout like spotlights against the foil of deep green foliage. This Camellia flower form is sometimes referred to as a 'pine cone' due to its high center and its neatly overlapping petals. Kagiri Camellia is an heirloom, large flowered Japonica type with a densely branching habit and a slow rate of growth eventually developing into an upright to rounded, large evergreen shrub. The slower growing Camellias make good choices for container specimens and bonsai but will still be a cherished addition to the garden or landscape. Provide Camellias with a fertile soil rich in organic matter, with average moisture, and an organic mulch. Images courtesy of Cam Too Camellia Nursery, all rights reserved. Item# 13230

Grows To: 8-10'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Katherine Allison Evergreen Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Katherine Allison'  

The 3 1/2" wide, ruffled, deep red funnel shaped flowers are produced in early to midspring and are somewhat reminiscent of the old favorite Red Ruffles. Katherine Allison Azalea, is an evergreen Dr. Eugene Aromi hybrid named for his granddaughter, having good vigor and with an initially upright habit eventually mounding out to about 4-5' high and wide. Developed in Mobile, Alabaman these were bred for good performance in the heat and humidity of the Southeast. Katherine Allison Azalea can be utilized as an informal hedge, specimen or anywhere else you would use a spring flowering medium-sized evergreen shrub in the garden and landscape. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Azalea flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 12800

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The full, rounded, funnel shaped, rich rosy red flowers are randomly marbled with splashes of white, but can also be solid red, pink, or near solid white, are produced in mid to late spring attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Kobai #2 Evergreen Azalea, a.k.a Red Plum, is a rare Satsuki hybrid with a dwarf compact, naturally rounded mound forming habit making this a popular choice for bonsai but it is equally desirable in the garden and landscape where its multi-colored flowers are sure to make a big splash. Provide your evergreen Azaleas with a well-drained, average moist, humus rich, acid soil and topdress with an organic mulch for the best results. Item# 12574

Grows To: 2-4'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun

Altheaiflora Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Altheaiflora'  

Medium-sized, deep carmine red, peony form flowers are produced in midspring or late in the season. Altheaiflora Camellia is an heirloom, large flowered Japonica Camellia with a a strong upright to slightly weeping habit developing into a large evergreen shrub. Provide Camellias with a fertile soil rich in organic matter, with average moisture, and a deep organic mulch. See our Camellia and Sasanqua Growing Guide for an in-depth guide to properly planting and growing these beautiful, long-lived evergreen shrubs. Images courtesy of Cam Too Camellia Nursery, all rights reserved. Item# 13198

Grows To: 8-12'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 16
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