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Camellia Sasanqua - Yuletide

Scientific Name: Camellia sasanqua
Best Planted In Zone: 7-9


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The Yuletide Camellia is a lush dark-green blooming shrub that closely resembles the Shi Shi Gashira camellia only grows larger (mature ones can reach 8 feet). Yuletides make wonderful gift arrangements (lasting for several weeks!) by clipping off a few of their wonderful red blooms along the branch (especially in the winter when many other flowering plants do not bloom). As with most camellias, following a few simple steps will ensure plant happiness (camellias do well in zones 6 and 10 when taking steps to protect against extended freezes and/or extreme heat). USDA ZONES: Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen shrubs can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
Select a site with well-drained soil that receives part shade or dappled shade. Dig a hole no deeper than the pot the plant came in but twice as wide. The base of the trunk should not be below the soil line. Remove the plant from the pot, and gently loosen the roots. Place it in the hole, adding soil to raise the height, if needed. Camellias love acid (pH 6.0 to 6.5), well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter such as chopped leaves or peat. DO NOT plant in waterlogged areas. Keep roots cool with a 2-inch layer of mulch.
Keep roots cool with a 2-inch layer of mulch. Water regularly, especially during winter, when winds can be drying. Feed with an acid-forming azalea or camellia fertilizer in spring, after the flowers have dropped; fertilize again in the midsummer if growth seems sluggish or foliage looks sparse and begins to lose its deep green color. Apply at the rate recommended on the label. Don’t overdo it, as plants grown in fertile soil need little fertilizer―and never feed plants that are sick or distressed. Camellias must have acidic, well-drained soil and be planted high (trunk base is well above the soil line) in a protected climate, free from extended heavy freezes. Mulch to keep roots cool. These are the primary golden rules and should not be deviated from or you are flirting with disappointment. Prune after blooming has ended. Remove dead or weak wood; thin out growth when it is so dense that flowers have no room to open properly. Shorten lower branches to encourage upright growth; cut back top growth to make lanky shrubs bushier. When pruning, cut just above a scar that marks the end of the previous year’s growth (often a slightly thickened, somewhat rough area where bark texture and color change slightly). Making your cuts just above this point usually forces three or four dominant buds into growth.

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