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Q.Planting Camellias With Ivy

Anonymous added on April 29, 2011 | Answered

I have a very small space outside my patio available to plant things in. It’s north-facing but very little shade. Currently it’s overtaken with ivy. I bought a Japanese Camellia Debutante and need to find a place for it soon. I was thinking I’d plant it with the ivy but don’t know if they’ll work well together or just overtake each other. Secondly, does the camellia plant grow and spread like ivy? Because the one I bought was sold with a trellis in the pot, which made be believe it spreads like that.

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Answered on April 30, 2011

The ivy will not overtake it right away, but you will need to make sure that you regularly pull the ivy away from the camellia, or it will overtake it eventually. Camellias do not spread like ivy. They are more of a shrub like plant.

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