• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy, Low-Growing Shrub
    Fall through Winter
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a suh-SAN-kwuh
    Plant type:Camellia, Shrub
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Fall through Winter
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasExcellent choice for cool, shade to semi-shade settings as 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. Ideal for filling a tree understory, where its glossy leaves and cool season color will add interest. This is a well-behaved shrub for planting between taller structures or along a fence line, allowed to spill over a raised planter, or from hanging baskets or pots, where its branches will gently soften the edges.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, well-drained, acidic soil. 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 lightly to shape and feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    This unique new plant was discovered as a sport, growing on a Camellia sasanqua 'Chansonette', at Monrovia Nursery's Venice Hills nursery in Visalia, California. It exhibits the traits of its parent, with lighter pink flowers. 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. Chansonette is a seedling of Shishi Gashira originated by Marjorie Washburne of Port Arthur, TX. 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.


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