How to grow Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua


White camellia sasanqua hedge. Photo - Linda Ross


Camellia sasanqua

An evergreen shrub from Japan with subtly fragrant autumn flowers.

Description: dark glossy green leaves, shrub - tree, prominent golden stamens

Size: varies 0.5m to 5m.

Growing: sasanquas love acidic soil, pH 5-6, so feed with specialised fertiliser in spring. They are surface-rooting plants so a thick mulch of fallen leaves helps them thrive.

Special comments: this is a varied and versatile family of shrubs and will make make excellent clipped topiary, espalier, privacy hedges, formal hedges, and even groundcovers. Our top 4: ‘Early Pearly’, ‘Jennifer Susan’, ‘Hiryu’, ‘Pure Silk’.


Text: Linda Ross

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Author: Linda Ross