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.