Christmas Camellia

Camellia sasanqua | Also known as: Yuletide Camellia | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Christmas Camellia is found high up in the mountains, so Santa can pick them from his sleigh.

Very aptly named, the Christmas Camellia blooms from winter time through to early spring. Hailing from Japan and China, it can be found in the wild at altitudes of up to 1000 metres. Camellia sasanqua is an evergreen plant that blooms with delightful pink flowers that contrast beautifully against its dark green foliage. In Japan its leaves are used to make tea, and its seeds to make tea seed oil. It’s a hardy little number, well suited to the British weather, although it does need to be grown in position where its sheltered from the wind and rain. Plant in partial or full shade for the best results.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 6
Spread [m]
  • 3
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Late autumn
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • grafting
  • layering
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-8
Heat zone
  • H8-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - -7
Heat days
  • 60 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
  • Roses & classics
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Shade
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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PLANTS Camellia

These winter and spring flowering plants are a superb way of adding a splash of early season colour to the garden. Camellia is the family, or genus, of many different species of plants that grow best in a shaded area of the garden. They look fabulous in flower beds and borders, but are also a good choice to grow in containers. Sometimes they produce seed pods during the summer which can be used to propagate new plants, although this is quite tricky to successfully accomplish.

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Camellia japonica, or the Japanese Camellia, is perhaps one of the best known of all the different Camellia species. The official state flower of Alabama, it flowers during the months of January to March, making it a wonderful choice to add colour to the garden when there is little else in bloom. The flowers are six or seven petalled beauties, and are generally white, pink or red in colour. It’s a slightly tricky plant to grow successfully, but not beyond the scope of the keen amateur gardener.