This stunning evergreen shrub is native to Japan where the leaves are often used to make tea.
Bursting into life in October with a profuse display of semi double pink flowers that last through to January. This comes at a time of year when most other plants are packing up for dormancy so Camellia sasanqua Kanjiro creates some much needed colour for the time of year..
Outside of its flowering period it has attractive glossy evergreen leaves and grows to a compact bush no more than about eight to ten feet tall so it is ideal for a small garden. Little maintenance is require but pruning out weak stems can be done after flowering.
Camellia sasanqua Kanjiro thrives best on free draining soils and will grow well in partial shade under the canopy of others provided it gets some sun at some point during the day.
It doesn’t like alkaline soils.
Camellia sasanqua types produce smaller and less intricate flowers than the better known spring flowering Camellia japonica types but as a result the flowers are less prone to water damage and fading. It is a great plant and the envy of a winter garden!
Mature height: 3-5m
Mature spread: 1-3m