Camellia – A Beautiful Flowering Option
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 sun tolerant than 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.
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!
Name Camellia Sasanqua is the most common used for hedging because it has a smaller leaf and can handle more sun than Japonica varieties
Leaf New Reddy Green to Green
Old Glossy Green
Flower Colour Pink, White, Red, Bi-coloured
Size Can be quite large although not generally as large as Japonica
Fragrant Not usually
Time of Year Very late Summer, Autumn, Very Early Winter
Ageing Flowers shatter leaving the ground covered with petals. Beautiful or a maintenance nightmare depending on which way you look at it
Size Height 1 - 6m
Width 1m - 2m