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Camellia sasanqua

Common Name(s):
Sasanqua camellia
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Sasanqua camellias are a drought tolerant fall blooming shrub that work well as an accent plant, hedge, or tall foundation planting.  Pruned up it makes for a good "small tree" form.  There are numerous cultivars available, including dwarf forms.  Does well in containers and container plants can be overwintered indoors in greenhouses or cool but bright sunrooms to protect from frost.

 

Wildlife Value: This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Camellias are susceptible to a number of fungal diseases including leaf spots, anthracnose, viruses, black mold, petal blight, canker, and root rot. If petal blight occurs (browning that runs from edges to the center), all infected plant parts should be promptly removed. Yellow leaves with green veins may indicate chlorosis which can be treated by adding iron chelates to the soil. Scale can be a troublesome insect pest. Aphids, planthoppers, and spider mites may also cause problems.

Compare this plant to: Camellia japonica

Height:
6-10 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, lustrous, dark green leaves; 1.5-3 in. long
Flower:
2-3 in. single or double white, pink or red fragrant flowers from September to December
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers acidic, moist, well-drained soil high in organic matter
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, densely branched shrub; pyramidal, to oval shape
Width:
5-7 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Tags:
foundation, showy flowers, fall color, small tree, hedge, fragrant, container, accent, winter interest, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1456

Camellia sasanqua Flower
urasimaru, CC BY-NC-2.0
Camellia sasanqua Camellia sasanqua
8Mitsu, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Camellia sasanqua, Yuletide Whole plant
J Karie Nousiainen, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Camellia sasanqua Stamens
James Gaither, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Camellia sasanqua Camellia sasanqua - Leaf and Flower
Tatsuo_Iwata, CC-BY-SA-2.0