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CAMELLIA sasanqua 'Rosea'

Image of Camellia sasanqua 'Rosea'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA sasanqua 'Rosea'

Plant Common Name

Camellia, Rose Sasanqua, Sasanqua

General Description

The rose-pink flowered sasanqua has an upright habit and open loose branching. Its glossy dark green leaves are thin, leathery and elliptical. In early fall and winter it produces smaller single flowers of rich rose pink that surround a heart of gold filaments. The plants are long-blooming, and though the flowers are small they are numerous. It is not uncommon to see plants covered in flowers with many buds yet to open.

The colorful blooming jewels of Camellia sasanqua appear when late fall days are warm and nights cool. This Japanese native does not get as much attention as the more popular Camellia japonica, but it should. The Asian sasanquas have a long history of use for tea, oil and ornament.

Plant this shrub in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist, acid soil with ample drainage. It is notoriously slow-growing, slow to establish and shallow rooted. A thick layer of organic mulch should be applied to keep the roots cool and protected. Irrigate regularly during dry spells and apply fertilizer regularly to promote good growth and flowering. Prune after flowering just before new growth starts in the spring, but only lightly. Camellia do not recover well from harsh pruning.

These shrubs are cold sensitive, so do not plant them where they are not hardy. Their evergreen leaves and tender flower buds may suffer from sunscald and wind desiccation in winter, so do not plant them in highly exposed areas. In the landscape, sasanqua may be used as hedge plants, along foundations, in mixed borders or as specimen plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Width

    3'-8' / 0.9m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Gold, Pink, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No