• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate growing 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Fall Flowering
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Fall through winter
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a suh-SAN-kwuh
    Plant type:Shrub, Camellia
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Waterwise
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Fall through winter
    Flower color:Multicolored
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasThis soft pink camellia deserves a place in high profile foundation plantings or as a backdrop to outdoor living spaces in the backyard. A must for Asian or woodland garden settings under large, old shade trees with filtered canopies. Dress up a wall or garage as a shrub or train the dense, spreading habit of this Camellia as an espalier for a formal look.
    Companion PlantsApple Blossom's versatility in shade and partial sun, as well as wet and dry conditions, make this a plant that pairs well with a variety of garden shrubs and perennials. Combine with the big, bold foliage and blooms of Hosta, Coral Bells, Hydrangea and Rhododendron. For an Asian theme, design with mixed Azaleas, Heavenly Bamboo, Dogwood, Japanese Maples, Lily of the Valley, Iris and Gardenia.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: winter after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Sometimes referred to as Christmas Camellias, the sasanqua varieties of Camellia are native to the evergreen, coastal forests of southern Japan. It was introduced by Dutch traders into Europe in 1869. Apple Blossom was originally imported from the Yokohama Nursery Company to W. Wylams of California. The Japanese use the leaves of sasanqua to make tea, and the seeds are pressed into tea seed oil for use as a lubricant and in cooking and cosmetics.