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Camellia – Beautiful Flowering Option

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A favourite feature plant in Australian gardens for decades. The Sasanqua is far more common as a hedge plant than the older Japonica, and with good reason. Sasanquas are generally faster growing, smaller leafed and more sun tolerant compared to Japonicas. That said, make sure you have patience (or plenty of dollars for mature plants) if you want to establish a Camellia hedge. Double the time of more common hedging plants is probably a good guide.

If you’re unsure what to look for when looking for Camellia hedges around your area, the serrated leaf is the biggest giveaway if plants are not in flower. Sasanquas also have a tendency to produce arching new branches above old growth. The Japonicas have the larger and more splendid flower, but are more difficult as a hedge. When in flower, you should be able to tell the difference between Japonicas and Sasanquas because the latter’s flowers shatter when they fall, whereas the former’s fall to the ground whole. Sasanquas also tend to flower through Autumn, whereas the Japonicas won’t show the flowering faces until Winter.

Biggest Positive: Without doubt the flower display in Autumn for Sasanquas

Biggest Negative: If you have a 12 year old, don’t expect a solid hedge from 200mm pots until he/she is learning to drive!

NameCamelliaSasanqua is the most common used for hedging because it has a smaller leaf and can handle more sun than Japonica varieties
LeafNewReddy Green to Green
OldGlossy Green
SizeMedium
FlowerColourPink, White, Red, Bi-coloured
SizeCan be quite large although not generally as large as Japonica
FragrantNot usually
Time of YearVery late Summer, Autumn, Very Early Winter
AgeingFlowers shatter leaving the ground covered with petals. Beautiful or a maintenance nightmare depending on which way you look at it
SizeHeight1 - 6m
Width1m - 2m
RateMedium

Don’t over-feed Camellias. They like the same food as Murrayas and Gardenias, just not as much of it. Mulch with cow manure twice a year.

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