Schima argentea NN 0947


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Very pleasing collection by Jens and Remy Nilsen from China of this ornamental broadleaf evergreen. In the Theaceae or Camellia family, this has small but pretty white flowers and presents a carefully curated package of attributes with clean foliage coloring well in winter, good form and complementary flowers. Ours survived fine one winter at 10F and expired another at 13F. This was in full exposure to both sun and wind and typically in the wild, these grow in mixed woodlands often on the edges enjoying some shelter much like Rhododendrons or Camellias which would have made all the difference. Plants - such sublime torture.


Plant Type

  • Shrub
  • Evergreen

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Part Shade - Part Sun

Water Needs

  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Summer