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Generally much less well-known and appreciated than their spring-flowering cousins, the autumn-flowering camellias provide cheer in the dull days of autumn and early winter, with their small neat leaves,bright coloured flowers and unusual scent. Most are varieties of Camellia sasanqua, with a few assigned to the closely related species Camellia hiemalis and Camellia x vernalis, and as a group are often just refered to as 'Sasanqua Camellias'.

Unlike most camellias, they are tolerant of hot sun and for this reason are widely grown in Australia and California. In the UK they are best grown in a sunny, sheltered position where the warmth and high light intensity will ensure that they flower well.

Because of their bushy habit, they also make fantastic hedges. Plant 2ft between each plant, mix the varieties up to give different colours and enjoy the mass of blooms.

The sasanquas can be grown quite well in soils that are nearer to neutral, and will also tolerate either drier or wetter conditions better than most other camellias. Some of the more compact varieties make excellent plants for containers.


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Camellia sasanqua Gay Sue - 2 Litre Premium (4 yr old) Camellia hiemalis Bonanza
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camellia Sasanqua Gay Sue Camellia hiemalis Bonanza
This autumn flowering, scented camellia plant has white loose paeony form flowers with cream anthers and musk scent, 12 frilled petals about 8 cm across, buds tipped pink. medium rate, upright, dense growth. Flowers in autumn/winter, early to mid season. Deep rose pink, loose paeony-form flowers with yellow stamens produced in October and November Upright, dense and rapid growth. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.

Camellia hiemalis Shishigashira Camellia hybrid Snow Flurry
Camellia hiemalis Shishigashira Camellia hybrid Snow Flurry
Deep pink, scented, medium-sized, double flowers in November/December. Slow growing with a dense, spreading habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. An extremely cold hardy hybrid of Camellia oleifera that can withstand prolonged temperatures of -15C. White, scented, anemone-form flowers in October/November. Upright, vigorous and spreading habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.
Camellia sasanqua Baronesa de Soutelinho Camellia sasanqua Dwarf Shishi
Camellia sasanqua Baronesa de Soutelinho Camellia sasanqua Dwarf Shishi
Fragrant, single white flowers with wavy and irregular edges, and a central mass of yellow filaments and golden anthers. Upright, vigorous, open growth. Flowers in October/November. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.


Small, deep pink, rose-form double flowers in November/December. Very compact, with a low-growing, spreading habit.  Height after 10 years approximately 60cm, with a spread of 75-90cm. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.
Camellia sasanqua Fuji-no-mine Camellia sasanqua Gay Sue
Camellia sasanqua Fuji-no-mine Camellia sasanqua Gay Sue
('Peak-of-Fuji')
Large, pure white, scented, formal double flower with numerous, rounded petals. Stamens rarely visible. Vigorous, upright and fast growth with slender branches. Flowers in November/December. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.
White, loose paeony-form flowers with frilled petals and a strong musk scent, buds tipped pink. Medium rate, upright, dense growth. Very free-flowering in October/November. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.
Camellia sasanqua Hugh Evans Camellia sasanqua Kenkyo
Camellia sasanqua Hugh Evans Camellia sasanqua Kenkyo
Scented, medium size, rose pink, single flowers produced in October/November. Vigorous, upright and spreading growth. Free flowering. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Medium size, single white flowers, with long, fluted, heart-shaped petals. Vigorous, upright and open habit. Flowers October/November.
Camellia sasanqua Mignonne Camellia sasanqua Momozono Nishiki
Camellia sasanqua Mignonne camellia sasanqua Momozono Nishiki
Small, fragrant, light pink, formal double flowers in October/November. Upright growth habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Single, white flowers bordered with rose-red, produced in October/November. Vigorous, upright, open habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.
Camellia sasanqua Narumigata Camellia sasanqua Navajo
Camellia sasanqua Narumigata Camellia sasanqua Navajo
Large, white, scented single flowers edged with pink. Upright and vigorous habit. Flowers October to November. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. The red buds open to large, white, scented, semi-double flowers with a red border to each petal. Vigorous, upright and bushy growth. Flowers in October/November.
Camellia sasanqua Plantation Pink Camellia sasanqua Rainbow
Camellia sasanqua Plantation Pink Camellia sasanqua Rainbow
Large, scented, pink, single flowers in October/November. Vigorous, upright, open habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Single, white flowers bordered with red. Very prolific flowering in October and November. Upright, vigorous habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.
Camellia sasanqua Tanya Camellia sasanqua Variegata
Camellia sasanqua Tanya Camellia sasanqua Variegata
One of the most compact, free-flowering and attractive of the sasanquas. Small, scented, deep rose-pink, single flowers on a low growing plant suitable for prostrate training. Flowers in October/November. Ideal for growing in containers. Best in a sunny, sheltered position Small, single, scented, white flowers with rose pink tips to the petals, but the real attraction of this variety is the variegated foliage. The robust, dark green leaves with silvery-green margins enhance the display of flowers, while the young growth is a striking purplish colour before it matures. A vigorous, very upright growth habit, forming a dense bush.
Camellia vernalis Yuletide
Camellia vernalis Yuletide
Small, brilliant red, fragrant single flowers with a bright centre of golden anthers. Small, dark green leaves and an upright, dense, growth habit. Makes an excellent container plant, reaching about 1.5m (5ft) after 10 years. Flowers between November and January, so usually in flower at Christmas.