yelllow camellia leaves

Asked May 2, 2020, 12:55 PM EDT

What causes yellow camellia foliage?

Lane County Oregon

5 Responses

There are many possible causes of yellowing leaves on a Camellia, including natural aging and death of the old leaves. For a diagnosis, please send pictures of the leaves in question, and of the entire plant and the place it is growing in. Then I may have more questions to help determine if there is a problem.

Here you go! Our nursery suggested cutting off damaged leaves and feeding with rhodie food. We appreciate your input.

Here you go! Our nursery suggested cutting off damaged leaves and feeding with rhodie food. We appreciate your input.

Thanks for the photos. Mostly your Camellia just looks really stressed. Camellias prefer part shade and moist, organic soil.
How long has it been in this location? Was it planted properly (did you tease the root ball apart to make sure the roots can spread out in the new soil). If it was planted with a congested, circling root ball, the new roots may have never grown out into the soil properly. (Solution, dig it up, prepare the soil and the roots well, and re-plant).
Is the soil good (high in organic matter, not compacted)? Have you ever fed it? Impoverished or compacted soil could be harming it. It does look like it may be suffering a nutrient deficiency. An acid fertilizer applied according to label instructions this spring may help.
Do you water it in the summer? Is it in full sun or part shade? Too much heat and drought can cause stress, and the one-sided yellowing of some of the leaves looks rather like it is caused by sun.
I hope these suggestions are helpful in improving the condition of your Camellia.


Thanks for the photos. Mostly your Camellia just looks really stressed. Camellias prefer part shade and moist, organic soil.
How long has it been in this location? one year
Was it planted properly (did you tease the root ball apart to make sure the roots can spread out in the new soil). Yes
If it was planted with a congested, circling root ball, the new roots may have never grown out into the soil properly. (Solution, dig it up, prepare the soil and the roots well, and re-plant). We'll do that
Is the soil good (high in organic matter, not compacted)? Have you ever fed it? Maybe not . Impoverished or compacted soil could be harming it. It does look like it may be suffering a nutrient deficiency. An acid fertilizer applied according to label instructions this spring may help. We'll do that when we replant.
Do you water it in the summer? yes Is it in full sun or part shade? Full sun
Too much heat and drought can cause stress, and the one-sided yellowing of some of the leaves looks rather like it is caused by sun.
I hope these suggestions are helpful in improving the condition of your Camellia. Thanks! We'll try all your tips.