Plant Guide


Camellia x williamsii 'Anticipation'

Evergreen shrub with an upright habit and dark green foliage. Simple, ovate, leathery, glossy, toothed leaves to 9 cm long and 5 cm wide. Large rosy red peony-form flowers, 10 cm across, during late winter.

Les Jury hybrid. Originated in New Zealand as a seedling from a cross between Camellia saluensis and Camellia japonica 'Leviathan'. First flowered in 1959.

Camellia x williamsii 'Anticipation' prefers a sheltered position in partial shade in any well-drained acidic or neutral soil. Tolerates shade and also copes with a position in full sun.

Prune after flowering to maintain shape and compactness.

Type of plant

Shrub - Evergreen


2-4 m tall, 1.5-2.5 m wide

Landscape Use

flower display, hedge, espalier, topiary


  • Temperature: Hardy
  • Light: Medium
  • Moisture: Medium
  • Soil: Medium
  • Wind tolerance: Low Average