The Q&A Archives: planting camellias

Question: Landscaper is recommending we plant Camellia's in our backyard along our chain link fence. he asked us to visit your website so we can choose the one we prefer. he is leaning towards Sasanqua and we prefer the japonica. we live in gerogia and want the blooms in late winter to early spring (jan-april). we want to be sure it is very full and grow to a height of 6-8 feet. He also suggested white flowers as opposed to red so they would be more pronounced to the eye from a distance since they will be about 30-40 yards from our back deck. Any suggestions?

Answer: Common Japanese Camellia (Camellia japonica) is a broadleaved, evergreen shrub, which may grow to a height of 25 feet, but more often to 6 to 12 feet. It has a spread of 6 to 10 feet. The dark-green leathery leaves are 4 inches long. The flowers, which range in color from white to pink and red, are 3 to 5 inches in diameter. They flower on different varieties from September until April. The flowers may be single, semi-double, or double.

Camellia sasanqua is a broad-leaved evergreen shrub, varying in form from upright and densely bushy to low and spreading. Heights range from 1? to 12 feet tall. The leaves are dark green, shiny and about 2 inches long. They are usually darker green and smaller than the leaves of C. japonica or C. reticulata. The flowers are mostly white and single, 2 to 3 inches in diameter, and very fragrant.

Because of the mature size, I'd recommend sasanqua. Of the winter blooming white camellias, I'd recommend either White Doves (Camellia sasanqua 'White Doves'), or Setsugekka (Camellia sasanqua 'Setsugekka').

Best wishes with your new camellia!

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