Camellia sasanqua – multistem

Common Name: camellia
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Theaceae
Height: 200-250cm
Bloom Time: September to December
Bloom Description: White to pale pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Evergreen
Other: Winter Interest

Product Description

Camellia sasanqua, commonly known as sasanqua camellia, is a densely branched, pyramidal to oval-rounded, tree-like, evergreen shrub. It is native to Japan. It is ornamentally noted for its attractive dark green foliage and fall to early winter flowers. Lustrous, narrow-oval to obovate, dark green leaves are cuneate and hairy on the midrib with rounded marginal teeth and pubescent petioles.

White to pale pink, 6-8 petaled, mildly aromatic flowers, each having a central mass of bright yellow-anthered stamens, bloom late summer to early winter depending on local climate.

Genus name honors Georg Joseph Camel (1661-1706), a German Jesuit missionary to the Philippines who was noted for his work on Oriental plants.

Specific epithet comes from the Japanese name sasankua for a popular native species of Camellia.