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Generally much less well-known and appreciated than their spring-flowering cousins, the autumn-flowering camellias provide cheer in the dull days of autumn and early winter, with their small neat leaves,bright coloured flowers and unusual scent. Most are varieties of Camellia sasanqua, with a few assigned to the closely related species Camellia hiemalis and Camellia x vernalis, and as a group are often just refered to as 'Sasanqua Camellias'.

Unlike most camellias, they are tolerant of hot sun and for this reason are widely grown in Australia and California. In the UK they are best grown in a sunny, sheltered position where the warmth and high light intensity will ensure that they flower well.

Plant habits range from low-growing, neat and compact (Dwarf Shishi) to the upright and bushy (Gay Sue) or vigorous and open (Snow Flurry).

The more bushy varieties are excellent for hedging - allow 60cm (2ft) between each plant and trim each year in late winter or early spring before the new growth starts.

The sasanquas can be grown quite well in soils that are nearer to neutral, and will also tolerate either drier or wetter conditions better than most other camellias. Some of the more compact varieties make excellent plants for containers.


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Camellia hiemalis Bonanza Camellia hiemalis Kanjiro Camellia hiemalis Shishigashira
Deep rose pink, loose paeony-form flowers with yellow stamens produced in October and November Upright, dense and rapid growth. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.

Scented, rose-pink semi-double flowers in November/December. Vigorous, upright habit with glossy, dark green leaves. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Deep pink, scented, medium-sized, double flowers in November/December. Slow growing with a dense, spreading habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.
Camellia hiemalis Sparkling Burgundy Camellia hybrid Snow Flurry Camellia hybrid Winter's Joy
Usually one of the earliest of the autumn-flowering camellias to bloom, with anemone to paeony-form, rose pink flowers from early October to November.
Upright, vigorous and slightly open habit.
White, scented, anemone-form flowers produced profusely in October/November. Upright, vigorous and spreading habit. Bright pink, semi-double flowers with fluted petals in December/January. Vigorous, upright, habit.
Camellia oleifera Camellia sasanqua Agnes O. Solomon Camellia sasanqua Beatrice Emily
Flat, single, white flowers, with yellow stamens. The petals are occasionally tipped pink and the flowers are strongly scented. Flowers in October/November. Soft pink, semi-double to paeony-form flowers with wavy petal in October/November. Fragrant, double, white flowers, pink on the backs of the petals. Upright, vigorous, open growth. Flowers in October/November. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.


Camellia Sasanqua Crimson King Camellia sasanqua Dwarf Shishi Camellia sasanqua Fuji-no-mine
Deep crimson single flowers, with attractive golden stamens. Growth is upright and very open, particularly as a young plant. Flowers October to November. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Small, deep pink, rose-form double flowers in November/December. Very compact, with a low-growing, spreading habit. Large, pure white, scented, formal double flower with numerous, rounded petals. Vigorous, upright and fast growth with slender branches. Flowers in November/December.
Camellia sasanqua Gay Sue Camellia sasanqua Hime-Botan Camellia sasanqua Hinode-gumo
White, loose paeony-form flowers with frilled petals and a strong musk scent, buds tipped pink. Medium rate, upright, dense growth. Very free-flowering in October/November. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.
White double flowers edged with pink. Upright and vigorous habit. Silver variegated foliage. Flowers October to November. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Large single, white flowers with blush edges in October/November.
Camellia sasanqua Hugh Evans Camellia sasanqua Isoli Camellia sasanqua Jennifer Susan
Scented, medium size, rose pink, single flowers produced in October/November. Vigorous, upright and spreading growth. Free flowering. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Scented pink, single flowers produced in October/November. Vigorous, upright and compact. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Scented, soft pink, loose, double flowers in October/November. Open, upright growth.
Camellia sasanqua Kenkyo Camellia sasanqua Mignonne Camellia sasanqua Mine-no-yuki
Medium size, single white flowers with long, fluted, heart-shaped petals. Vigorous, upright and open habit. Flowers October/November. Small, fragrant, light pink, formal double flowers in October/November. Pink buds opening to white, double flowers in November/December.
camellia sasanqua Momozono Nishiki Camellia sasanqua Snowflake Camellia sasanqua Navajo
Single, white flowers bordered with rose-red, produced in October/November. Vigorous, upright, open habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Large, white, scented single flowers. Upright and vigorous habit. Flowers October to November. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. The red buds open to large, white, scented, semi-double flowers with a red border to each petal. Vigorous, upright and bushy growth. Flowers in October/November.
Camellia sasanqua Plantation Pink Camellia sasanqua Plantation Pink Variegated Camellia sasanqua Rainbow
Large, scented, pink, single flowers in October/November. Vigorous, upright, open habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position. Cream-colored variegated foliage and scented, pink, single flowers in October/November. Vigorous, upright, habit. Will flower best in a sunny, sheltered position. Single, white flowers bordered with red. Very prolific flowering in October and November. Upright, vigorous habit. Prefers a sunny, sheltered position.
Camellia sasanqua Snowflake Camellia sasanqua Sunrise Serenade Camellia sasanqua Tanya
Large, white, scented single flowers in October/November. Upright and vigorous habit. Light pink, scented, anemone-form flowers. Very free flowering from early October. Small, scented, deep rose-pink, single flowers on a low growing plant suitable for prostrate training. Flowers in October/November.