Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Filtered sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Fall Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Fall through winter
Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a suh-SAN-kwuh
Plant type:Shrub, Camellia
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Special features:Waterwise
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Fall through winter
Flower color:White
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Design IdeasThis semi-double white Camellia makes a wonderful backdrop to a moonlight garden in backyard beds close to your outdoor living space. A must for Asian or woodland 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 PlantsPair with other pure white bloomers like Astilbe, Hydrangea, Azalea, Gardenia and Lilac for a beautiful moonlight garden. For an Asian theme, design with mixed Azaleas, Heavenly Bamboo, Dogwood, Japanese Maples, Lily of the Valley, Iris and Rodgersia.
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: winter to spring, after flowering.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Filtered sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
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. Setsugekka originated in Japan by Jisuke Minagawa. 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.