• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 4 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.
    Key Feature:
    Fall Flowering
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a suh-SAN-kwuh
    Plant type:Shrub, Camellia
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 4 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.
    Special features:Waterwise
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasThe spreading habit of this Camellia offers more versatility than the erect, shrub forms. Plant as a low growing, hedge in place of formal Boxwood or throughout beds close to your outdoor living space. The beautiful red color and ruffled petals are at home in both a manicured or wild garden setting. This plant is a must for Asian or woodland gardens under large, old shade trees with filtered canopies. Dress up a wall or garage as a shrub, or train the spreading habit of this Camellia as an espalier for a formal look.
    Companion PlantsBonanza'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. As a clipped, formal hedge or parterre, plant amongst Roses, Rosemary, Lavender and the topiary forms of Monrovia's Italianate Collection. For an Asian theme, design with mixed Azaleas, Heavenly Bamboo, Dogwood, Japanese Maples, Lily of the Valley, Iris and Gardenia.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Requires less water once established. Prune to shape and feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.Pruning time: fall after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    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. Bonanza is a seedling of 'Crimson Bride'. 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.