Camellia sasanqua 'Setsugekka'Item #2177 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
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Large, perfectly formed, semi-double, white flowers with ruffled edges and a bright center of golden stamens. The dense, semi-weeping habit and glossy, dark green foliage create an exceptional evergreen foundation planting or espalier. A mid-season bloomer.
- OverviewLight Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a suh-SAN-kwuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.Special features:WaterwiseFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Fall through WinterFlower color:WhiteDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. 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 to shape and feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.Pruning time: winter to spring, 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. 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.