The sun loving Camellia variety, Camellia Sasanqua make great specimen plants as well as hedges and potted plants. Prolific flowering from autumn through to winter make these a great addition to nearly any garden . In general, Sasanquas are just as easy to care for as other camellias and the can be grown in full sun or in part shade.
Camellia sasanqua 'Mine-no-yuki' (picture right) is a popular cultivar for hedges as well a specimen plant.
Much loved in Japan and characterised by glossy dark green leaves these are another great garden plant. Reaching over 5m if left unpruned plants can easily be clipped back to make a formal hedge if required.
Care and growing conditions.
Camellia Sasanqua are much more tolerant of sunny positions than Camellia Japonica. Again a well drained humus rich soil is best and they will cope with a little shade. A soil ph of 5.5 - 6.5 is best although camellia sasanqua can handle a little either way. Remember that these are a shallow rooted plant, so mulch well to provide a cool root run.
Planting Camellia Sasanqua
Coping with more sun than their close relations Camellia sasanqua are indeed a versatile plant. Great as specimen plants, easy to prune and great hedging plants, a must for all but tropical gardens. As for most plants dig holes larger than the pot. Camellias can be staked to promote a more upright habit. Water in well and maintain a moist soil for the first few summers.
Camellia sasaqua require little care once established, prune to shape and fertilise once a year.
Fertilizing Camellia Sasanqua.