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Camellia sasanqua ‘White Doves’ (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)
Camellia sasanqua ‘White Doves’ (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)

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Zones 4-9, 12, 14-24, 26-31
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Camellia hiemalis ‘Showa-No-Sakae’

Theaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

CAMELLIA

Camellias grow over a wider latitude range along the West Coast than anywhere else. Typically loaded with white, pink, red, or variegated blooms during the cool season, many of these robust shrubs flower heavily when other bloom is scarce. Native to southern and eastern Asia, they are unscented except as noted.

Big C. japonica varieties are the most popular, with fall- and winter-flowering C. sasanqua varieties coming in second. All are classic understory shrubs that thrive in filtered shade. They also grow well in pots.

There are six camellia forms: Anemone, formal double, peony, rose-form double, single, and semidouble.

Camellia hiemalis

Includes a number of varieties formerly listed as sasanquas but differing in their later, longer bloom; heavier-textured flowers; and usually smaller size.

‘Showa-No-Sakae’

Fairly fast, open growth to 3 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide, with arching branches that make it good as an espalier or in a hanging basket. Semidouble to double flowers of soft pink.

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