Camellia are one of those old plants that have become a staple in the landscape. Leathery, glossy green foliage is adorned each winter and spring with a multitude of blossoms. Camellias have been a long time favorite for gardeners. Easy to grow and tough-natured, Sasanquas work in any garden situation. When much of the landscape is asleep, they’re flourishing, brightening any cold winter’s day.
With the introduction of the Shi Shi Gashira Sasanqua, a dwarf cultivar, you now see more and more of your neighbors moving towards camellias.
Camellias are slow-average growing, which makes them easily controlled and shaped in the garden. This aspect also makes them ideal as a potted plant. Here is what you need to know to use them effectively in your landscape.
General characteristics of Camellias: Dimensions: 3-12 feet tall and 3-6 feet wide, depending on which one you choose. Sasanqua varieties are fall bloomers while Japonicas are winter bloomers.
Growth Habit: Upright habit, large shrub or can be trimmed to a multi trunk tree form.
Foliage: Dark green, glossy leaves with a waxy feel; evergreen.
Blooms: Pink, Red, White, Purple, or Variegated blooms will appear in fall, winter and early spring.
Hardiness: Evergreen, and can withstand most weather situations in our climate.
Toxicity: Non-toxic to pets and people.
Light: Sasanquas perform best in full sun to part sun. They acclimate to shade but will not bloom as well.
Water: Once established they do not need to be watered often. Let nature take over once they’ve settled in to their environment.
Soil: Well-drained soil that is slightly acidic (6.5 pH) works best.
Fertilizer: You can use liquid fertilizers such as Miracid or granular like Camellia and Azalea Food. Liquids should be applied weekly and granular can be applied every 2-3 months.
Pruning: Prune after blooming has stopped. You won’t need to prune often due to the growth rate being slower. The blooms take up most of the plants energy and take a long time to set.
1. In the landscape as a hedge or living wall. The Shi Shi can be used as a low growing hedge or accent plant.
2. Smaller cultivars can be used in pots, while larger cultivars can be used as specimens at an entrance for instance.
3. Blooms can be used in a clear dish with water as décor.
We have a shrub yard FULL of Camellias ready to plant! There are many varieties to browse- some we have never seen before!
Here are some of our noteable favorites.
Tip: Now through early spring is the best time to plant Camellias. The more time these plants have to get established before their first summer the better.
Please note- All Seasons may or may not have these plants in stock available to purchase at the time you come to purchase these. If you're ever looking for something specific, please call the garden center at 337.264.1418 or prior to your shopping visit!
Shishi Gashira Camellia
A versatile performer displaying profuse, hot pink, semi-double blooms with golden yellow stamens in the center and glossy, dark green evergreen foliage. Flowers are perfect for cutting. Excellent choice for a colorful low hedge, espalier or high profile groundcover. The flowers bloom in fall/winter and this plant is an LSU SuperPlant! It’s a dwarf shrub, maturing to 4’ x 4’, and can take sun.
Single, brilliant, fiery red blooms centered with bright yellow stamens make this a beautiful addition to the winter garden. Blossoms stand out in high contrast against glossy, dark green evergreen foliage. Excellent choice for a colorful hedge or screen, espalier, and border shrub. As its name suggests, it blooms right in time for the holiday foot traffic to your home! It matures to 6’ x 4’ in partial sun/shade.
Sea Foam Camellia
This beauty boasts medium to large, formal, pure white double flowers. It is a vigorous, upright evergreen shrub with glossy, deep green leaves that contract dramatically with blooms. Since it blooms in late fall through mid-winter, it provides a beautiful “snow white” backdrop in your landscape.
It matures to 10’ x 8’ in partial sun/shade.
Taylor's Perfection Camellia
The dark green leaves make a nice backdrop for the exquisite, semi-double, light pink flowers of this “perfection” camellia. The stamens are prominent and add to the sculpted effect. It’s a evergreen, winter bloomer, so will give you showy interest until your spring bloomers take over the stage. It matures to 8’x 8’ in partial sun/shade.
Royal Velvet Camellia
Lustrous deep green foliage covers this vigorous, upright shrub; large-sized, semi-double velvety red blooms open in winter. It prefers to be provided rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soil.
It matures to 12’ x 8’ in partial sun/shade.
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