Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Filtered sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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
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 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 a topiary form, include other formal garden standouts like Boxwood, Gardenia and Spiral topiaries.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: fall after flowering.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Filtered sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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. Showa-no-Sakae originated in Japan in 1928 and is believed to be a seedling of Shishi Gashhira. This plant was named in honor of Emperor Hirohito.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.