• Overview
    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
  • Detail
    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
    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 & Lore
    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.