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Christmas Camellia  

Camellia sasanqua

Christmas Camellia is part of the Camellia genus and its scientific name is Camellia sasanqua.

Although they can tolerate full sun, the warmer the climate, the less direct sun is needed.1

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Alizarin crimson. When mature, blooms are roughly 9.0 cm (that's 3.51 inches in imperial) in diameter.The blooms display an average of 12 petals. It is a flower / ornamental and is treated mainly as an evergreen, so it retains its leaves throughout the year. Normally reaching to a mature height of 9.75 feet (3.00 metres).

Japan is believed to be where Christmas Camellia originates from.

Typically, Christmas Camellia is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Christmas Camellia have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Christmas Camellia

  • Partial Sun

    OR +
  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Sun to partial shade; prefers acidic, moist, well-drained soil high in organic matter

Roots can be kept cool by adding a thick layer of mulch. During the first growing season water regularly to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established they will require less water. Prune to shape after flowering.2

Position in a partial sun / full sun location and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 7 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Christmas Camellia requires a soil ph of 4.5 - 5.5 meaning it does best in moderately acidic soil - weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Christmas Camellia is thought of as half hardy, so protect with a row cover whenever the temperatures drop.

See our list of companion Plants for Christmas Camellia to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Christmas Camellia from seed

Transplanting Christmas Camellia

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Christmas Camellia is a half hardy plant.

Common Christmas Camellia problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Christmas Camellia plants:

Dieback and canker -most likely to occur in hot humid weather and can kill the plant.

Root rot -Keep plant in well drained soil to prevent.

Camellia flower blight -Identified by brown spots on petals and deformed flowers. Will not kill the plant. Do not confuse with frost damage.

Frost damage-Can cause damage to flower buds and in some cases damage to leaves.

Scale insects attack the leaves on the underside and cause the foliage to yellow and fall. Spider mites appear on camellias during dry and hot weather and the foliage turns bronze and speckled.1

Other names for Christmas Camellia

Sasanqua camellia, Fall camellia, Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua Thunb.

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