• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Winter Flowering
    Blooms:
    Fall through winter
  • Detail
    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 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:Red
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasWith its simple yet elegant red flowers and golden centers, this sasanqua variety is among the most popular. When not in flower, its upright habit helps it create a fine evergreen background for a variety of conditions. Plant around the house to cover foundations and to fill window-free walls. Use along fence lines and add vivid color to outdoor living spaces, porches and patios. Even grows well under the filtered shade of old street trees dominating the front yard. Can be used as an informal hedge, partition or privacy screen. As the name suggests, a must holiday decoration in containers or as cut flowers throughout the house.
    Companion PlantsThe red, holiday blooms pair well with those plants that produce fall and winter berries like Holly, Marlberry, and Japanese Skimmia. Combine with the big, bold foliage and blooms of Hosta, Coral Bells, Hydrangea and Rhododendron. For an Asian theme, design with mixed Azaleas, Heavenly Bamboo, Dogwood, Japanese Maples, Lily of the Valley, Iris and Gardenia.
  • 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 after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    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. Yuletide is a chance seedling of Kanjiro and originated at Nuccio's Nurseries in Altadena, CA. 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.

Videos

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Camellias (02:31)
What’s the difference between a Japonica and a Sasanqua Camellia? Nicholas explains and describes the world’s first prostrate Camellia, and...
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