Camellia sasanqua 'Chansonette'Item #2111 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
A versatile performer displaying profuse, brilliant pink, double blooms and glossy dark green leaves with a short, pendulous habit. Flowers are perfect for cutting. Excellent choice for a colorful low hedge, espalier, or groundcover. Mid season bloomer. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a suh-SAN-kwuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing 2 to 3 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide.Special features:WaterwiseFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Fall through winterFlower color:PinkDesign IdeasExcellent choice for a colorful low hedge, espalier, or groundcover due to its short, pendulous habit. A great addition to an Asian inspired garden or in mass at the front fringe of a woodland setting. Perfect for hanging baskets or pots.Companion PlantsThe spreading habit makes this a great groundcover paired with blooming shrubs like Lily of the Valley, Hydrangea, Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel. For an Asian theme, include Japanese Maple, Peony, Azalea, and Asiatic Lily. If trained into an espalier, include other formal garden standouts like Boxwood, Gardenia and Spiral topiaries.
- 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: winter 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. Chansonette is a seedling of Shishi Gashira originated by Marjorie Washburne of Port Arthur, TX. 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.