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Camellia Sasanqua Is A Breathtaking Colorful Shrub

The Sasanqua blooms earlier then the Japonica, usually in the fall season. You can choose different variations and get blossoms from February through November. The Sasanqua is considered an evergreen and mature height can reach anywhere from six to ten feet. There are a couple of varieties that will go to fifteen feet. Their width varies from four to eight feet. They prefer the shade but will do fine if receiving some sun.

This plant family is one of the most popular specimens in the southern parts of the United States as well as Japan. It is used for focal points in many Japanese gardens. Here are some other ideas from the Japanese heritage, called the Zen garden. The Zen creates an atmosphere of tranquility from natural features of rocks, water, and many different plant species.

The vivid colors of the Sasanqua flowers range from white, pink, red to burgundy and some varieties create a double bloom. There are many areas in your landscape to incorporate these vibrant shrubs.

Full Plant Camellia
Many Blossoms of Camellia
The Camellia Bud

The Yuletide is a dwarf shrub growing four to six feet high and a spectacular specimen at Christmas time. It is known as the Christmas Camellia. A very popular use is an entrance way to a garden or driveway. A mass planting in a particular part of a semi shaded garden bed is stunning.Camellias do wonderful on a trellis or a back drop, small shrubs, or perennial flowers.

One style of plants I love to use with the Sasanquas are Azaleas. They work wonderful acting as a backdrop with a mass planting of Gumpo Azaleas in the front.

The Leslie Ann is all white except for pink edging around the entire flower. Each of these shrubs are unique and represent a wonderful aspect of the Camellia family. The Sasanqua Camellias are so exhilarating to view in any style garden. Some of the highlights are the Cleopatra and its double blooms.

Yuletide Camellia
Cleopatra Camellia
Mine - No - Yuki Camellia

Question From A Visitor About Dead Looking Shrub

My Camellias look dead after this long and cold winter in Atlanta should I prune them or just consider them a lost cause?

Hi, I see you live in Atlanta, and I am in South Carolina and understand how many of our plants got damaged throughout the cold winter months. One of the first things I recommend is to check the plants to see if the bark and branches are alive. Take a small sharp knife and scratch the surface of a branch or two. If it is green, there is still life to the plant. If it is brown, the shrub is in shock.If the plant shows any sign of new growth or life to it, go ahead and prune it back. Ground temperatures warm quickly in the springtime, and so does the air temperature. If alive, go ahead and prune back and see if new growth appears over the next month or two. I am not sure how long you have had the plant in the ground. If they are established, they should survive this past cold winter. Many times during a cold season, this plant family may not bloom.


Phila, PA

I'd like to know the best way to prune Camelias after they have bloomed.

Hi from Phili,

Herbee Greenthumb

This is a good question as some of these varieties bloom twice a year. There are a couple of things I recommend. You can deadhead the flowers first and then prune, or you can prune removing a small portion of around where the shrub has . I like to prune a this plant doing a small or light prune. I do recommend to prune this shrub and keep the plant in its natural form and growth pattern.

Always prune at an angle so you don't damage the branches. Once your Camellia is done blooming, do the light pruning. I also like to loosen the dirt and add a little organic mushroom compost to the soil. This is an organic fertilizer that will last up to one year. Mushroom compost will help continue the Camellias growth pattern. This is especially a good idea when the specimen is a twice a year bloomer. Main goal, prune at an angle and do a light prune to keep the Camellia in its natural form.


Here are some other varieties of Sasanquas for you to enjoy. You can make entire landscape or garden out of this family. The beauty and unique characteristics are breathtaking.

Below you can go to the flowering shrub section of the Outside In Garden Store. Great time to plan for your upcoming garden. All plants, seeds, pruning tools, and outdoor features have been selected carefully for you. Many of these products I have used over the years of landscaping and designing. Great options for your upcoming landscape projects.

Alabama Beauty Camellia


Below are a series of photos of different members of this Japonica family. You have so many different varieties to choose from.

Pink Seranade Camellia Sparkling Burgundy Camellia Deep Rich Color Camellia Stephanie Golden Camellia is Pink Stephanie Golden Camellia in Full Bloom Cotton Candy Camellia Setsugekka White Camellia Bud Of Stetsugeka Camellia Leslie Ann Camellia

Herbee hopes this has enlightened you a little on one of the south's most precious blossoms!

Other articles you may be interested in.

Zen Garden --- Japonica Camellia --- Outside In Garden Store --- Other Plants

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