Fall Blooming Camellias

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As summer fades and the leaves begin to turn, the fall-blooming camellias open the camellia season, adding charm and color in the garden, at a time of the year when most plants are going to bed for the winter. Most fall-blooming camellias are camellia sasanquas which boast one of the loveliest fall flowers, are graceful in form, tender in color and pleasing in fragrance.

  • Blooming in fall and early winter, their flowers, mostly single or semi-double, are not quite as large and showy as those of Japanese camellias (Camellia japonica), but they are born in such profusion that a camellia sasanqua in full bloom becomes one of the glories of the fall garden.
  • Never bigger than 3-4 in. (7-10 cm), the scented blooms enjoy fluted, ruffled petals and range from white through to deep pink. Each flower only lasts a couple of days before it drops its petals which makes them ill-suited for cutting. 
  • These fall-blooming camellias are wonderful garden subjects. They make spectacular additions to partially shaded landscapes and their evergreen foliage creates lovely hedges or backdrops to foundation plantings and perennial borders year-round. The elegant and open habit of Camellia sasanquas allows them to blend beautifully with other shrubs, without dominating the way the larger leaved, denser growing camellia Japonica do.
  • Faster growing than Camellia japonica, these broadleaved, evergreen shrubs are more sun tolerant than Camellia japonica and are slightly less cold hardy. 

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Heat Zones 7 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant FamilyCamellias
ExposureFull Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Fall
Water NeedsAverage
Soil TypeClay, Loam, Sand
Soil PhAlkaline, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Landscaping Ideas Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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