Sassy Sasanquas!

During this week of Fall, we have said goodbye to the rainy, dreary weather and can finally enjoy some sunshine with the cooler temperatures. Here in North Carolina, seeing Camellias is just as common as seeing Magnolias and Azaleas in landscapes. However, most of the Camellias people see in landscapes today are Japonica Camellias. Today, we want to talk to you about Japonica’s cousin, Sasanqua.

Once upon a time, Sasanqua ruled the Camellia club here in North Carolina but over the past few years, Japonica has been used in the place of her. Sasanqua can still be found in older gardens but she’s ready for her spotlight again! Japonica is nice and all but Sasanqua is the original Camellia queen!

What’s so great about Sasanqua? Well, Sasanqua Camellias have shiny, dark green leaves that are about 2 inches long and the shrub’s height can range from 2-3 feet in width and 12 feet in height. Some Sasanquas spread grow and spread like trees, but others take the form of a large shrub. It depends on the variety. Sasanqua’s flowers start opening in early Winter and remain throughout the spring. They’re not usually fragrant but they are nice because they add beauty to what can be a dreary Winter landscape. Since we don’t normally battle subfreezing temperatures here in North Carolina, they hold up nicely during the Winter!  Japonica camellias are usually 6 to 12 feet tall, but they can reach a height of 25 feet.

Help Sasanqua get back her spotlight by considering these four varieties below for your landscape!

First up, we have the Shishi-gashira Camellia.









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Next, we have the Mine-No-Yuki Camellia.


















On deck is the Sparkling Burgundy Camellia.










Last but not least, we have the Marge Miller Weeping Camellia.






















We hope you have enjoyed this post about Sasanqua Camellias. Even though most people don’t think so, Fall is the perfect time for new plantings! So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today and help Sasanqua get her spotlight back!

You can give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below! We look forward to hearing from you!

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