Camellia sasanqua 'Bonanza'Item #2105 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
A versatile performer displaying a profusion of striking, scarlet peony form blooms. Flowers are perfect for cutting. Spreading form makes this an excellent choice for a colorful low hedge, espalier, or tall groundcover. The glossy, dark green foliage makes an exceptional foundation planting in sheltered sites with bright shade. Early season bloomer. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a suh-SAN-kwuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing 4 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.Special features:WaterwiseFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:FallFlower color:RedDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
- History & LoreHistory: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.