Camellia sasanqua Thunb.

Sasanqua Camellia




Family: Theaceae

Genus: Camellia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 6 to 10' tall, 5 to 7' wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Densely branched shrub to small tree, pyramidal to oval shape. Glossy green leaves, smaller than those of Camellia japonica. Also blooms earlier - autumn to early winter. Flowers are single or double, white, various shades of pink and red. Acidic, moist, well-drained soil.

From Bot. Reg. It is of quick growth, attaining the height of about 8 feet, smaller in all parts than japonica, but larger than Thea, with round branches of a brownish red colour, deciduously villous, pliant, and weak. The number of petals is very variable, as well as the indentation of their circumference.



Native to Japan.

First published in May to June 1784 by J. A. Murray in Syst. Veg. (ed. 14) 632 and then in Fl. Jap. (Thunberg) 273, t. 30 in August 1784.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 12 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. It is of recent introduction into Europe, having been first received from China (to which it belongs as well as Japan) in 1811... We believe it first flowered in the conservatory of Sir Joseph Banks, after whose Lady it has been named in the late edition of the Hortus Kewensis.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Thea oleosa Lour. - accepted name Camellia sinensis var. sinensis.


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