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Sasanqua CamelliaCamellia sasanqua

  • Sasanqua Camellia evergreen
  • Camellia - Camellia sasanqua
This evergreen has green glossy leaves, dense branching, and produces uncommonly lovely deep pink blooms in the fall for southern gardens. Grows to 6'-10' tall snd wide. (zones 7-9)

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

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.

Attributes

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.

History/Lore

The Sasanqua camellia was introduced in 1811.