This evergreen upright shrub or small tree has dark green oval leaves that are generally smaller than those of Camellia japonica. Flowers too are smaller, often single and frangrant. More tolerant of sun and wind than Camellia japonica, the sasanqua flowers from late summer until early winter depending on the cultivar.
Camellias must have acidic, well-drained soil and be planted high (trunk base is well above the soil line) in a protected climate, free from extended heavy freezes. Mulch to keep roots cool. These are the primary golden rules and should not be deviated from or you are flirting with disappointment. Sounds obsessive, we know, but truth is our mission! Camellia petal blight can be a serious problem. Good sanitation practices are the best preventative route. Keep dropped leaves and flowers swept up and destroyed - we recommend not even returning them to your compost pile.