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Camellia sasanqua

Common Name: Camellia sasanqua

Type: shrub

Family: Theaceae

Zone: 7 to 10     Find Your Zone

Height: 8 to 10 feet

Width: 8 to 10 feet

Bloom Time: winter

Bloom Color: white, pinks, reds, lavenders

Sun exposure: partial sun

Soil: acidic, well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Holly-tone and ACR food for acid loving plants


This brilliant evergreen shrub is one of few shrubs that will bloom in fall, putting on quite a show with hundreds of flowers per plant. They come in a wide variety of colors, bloom shapes and plant sizes from 4 feet tall to 15 feet.

Pruning Camellias

Often camellias can outgrow its purpose in a landscape and will have to have to be put back in its place with heavy pruning. Camellias can be found throughout the landscape as espaliers, bushes and tree-form. Frequent light pruning can keep a plant healthy and keep it from getting away from us. Light pruning can be done any time but right after they bloom is ideal.

Heavy pruning is done to invigorate a plant and can be very beneficial for camellias. February is ideal for heavy pruning of a camellia, whether it is done blooming or even if it is still blooming. If heavy pruning is necessary then you will not want to take off more than 1/3 of the leaves or reduce the size of the plant by 1/3. Heavy pruning will open the plant up to sunlight causing it to bud out 12 inches from the cut. You can 3 foot off of the top of a 9 foot bush or you can 1 foot off of it all the way around. Just follow the rule of 1/3.

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STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-05-21T14:23:02+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL