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Sasanqua CamelliaCamellia sasanqua

  • Camellia - Camellia sasanqua
  • Camellia - Camellia sasanqua

This lovely evergreen brings an extra punch of color to autumn to southern gardens, with beautiful deep pink flowers standing out from the typical reds, oranges and yellows of the season. While it doesn’t grow in many parts of the U.S., it is cherished by gardeners and landscapers living in Hardiness Zones 7–9.

Hardiness Zones

The sasanqua camellia can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 7–9. View Map

Tree Type

This shrub is considered both an evergreen shrub and a flowering shrub. It keeps its foliage year-round and blooms in a profusion of spring flowers.

Mature Size

The Sasanqua camellia grows to a height of 6–10' and a spread of 6–10' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a slow rate, with height increases of less than 12" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Sasanqua camellia grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well-drained soils.


This shrub:
  • Produces beautiful 2–3" deep pink flowers in the fall.
  • Features obovate or narrowly oval leaves that are 1½–3" long and glossy dark green in color with rounded teeth on the margin. The leaves persist year-round.
  • Develops dense branching.
  • Grows in a pyramidal to oval shape.

Wildlife Value

Squirrels and birds eat camellia seeds. Deer browse both young and mature camellias, but rabbits concentrate their nibbling on the young, tender plants.


The Sasanqua camellia was introduced in 1811.