Camellia sasanqua 'Bonanza'Item #2105 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
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A versatile spreading habit with a profusion of bold scarlet peony-like blooms and glossy, dark green foliage. Use to create a colorful low hedge, espalier, or tall groundcover or as an evergreen foundation plant for sheltered sites with bright shade. Excellent flowers for cutting. An early season bloomer.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a suh-SAN-kwuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.Foliage 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 PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Forsythia (Forsythia); Fern (Woodwardia); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Winter Daphne (Daphne)
- CareCare InformationProvide organically rich, well-drained, acidic soil. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Prune lightly to shape and feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.Pruning time: fall after flowering.Light Needs:Partial shade to partial 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.