Botanical Name: Camellia sasanqua
Common Name: Sansanqua or Sun Camellia  
Plant photo of: Camellia sasanqua
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

3-6', 6-12'


Flower Color

Pink, Red, White, Multi-Colored


Flower Season

Winter, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type



Soil Condition

Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Spanish, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Espalier, Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Screen


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

In contrast to other Camellias, this broad-leaved evergreen shrub has small foliage and a more open habit. Its long shoots are easily trained on a wall or fence. Flowering occurs in the fall to early winter, and produces single to fully double blossoms. There should be an incorporation of organic material into the planting bed.
In order to bloom well, this shrub requires a fair amount of light. Beware of heavy shade coming from any overhanging trees. The spent blossoms should be cleaned up, and an annual application of mulch with compost or leaf mold should be applied.