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 4 to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. 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
Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 12, 14 - 24, 26 - 31
Growth habit:Spreading
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing 4 to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Special features:Waterwise
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Fall through winter
Flower color:Pink
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Design IdeasThis low and wide spreader boasts hot pink flowers and is ideal for raised planters in city gardens. Allow its unique weeping form to create the background for a romantic garden setting, or use it as a front-of-the-border feature. Excellent up against the house to cover foundations and to tuck neatly beneath windows. For a colorful effect during the dull days of winter, mass several under very large tree canopies with filtered shade. Equally at home as a single specimen around water gardens and pools, where the pendulous branches may trail off boulders and falling petals may float upon the still water.
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 a topiary form, include other formal garden standouts like Boxwood, Gardenia and Spiral topiaries.
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 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. Shishi Gashira originated in Ikeda City, Japan. 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.