Camellia sasanqua is a species of flowering plant in the family Theaceae. It is native to Japan and China and is widely cultivated in many parts of the world as an ornamental plant.
Here are some key characteristics of Camellia sasanqua:
- Appearance: Camellia sasanqua is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 20 feet tall but is more commonly grown as a smaller shrub. It has glossy, dark green leaves and produces showy, fragrant flowers in a range of colors, including white, pink, red, and variegated.
- Blooming season: Camellia sasanqua typically blooms in the fall and early winter, making it a popular choice for adding color to gardens during the cooler months.
- Growing conditions: Camellia sasanqua prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.
It also needs regular watering and partial shade, as full sun can scorch its leaves. It is hardy in USDA zones 7-9.
- Uses: Camellia sasanqua is commonly grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, parks, and along roadsides. Its flowers are also used for tea and for making essential oils.
- Cultivars: There are many cultivars of Camellia sasanqua, each with unique characteristics such as flower color, bloom time, and growth habit. Some popular cultivars include 'Kanjiro' (deep pink flowers), 'Setsugekka' (white flowers with yellow centers), and 'Yuletide' (red flowers with yellow stamens).