Camellia sasanqua a Southern garden aristocrat
It is a beautiful time of year, with all of the landscapes showing off their shades of gold, yellow, red, burgundy and orange. It’s hard to drive on any city street or cruise a rural back road and not be impressed with this year’s fall color display. It is truly worth the time, exploring this short-lived phenomenon.
While most of the seasonal excitement is created from foliar coloration, one plant, Camellia sasanqua, is bearing a profusion of color with its blossoms. Few things compare to the sight of a specimen sasanqua in full bloom emerging from a circle of fallen blossoms. The sasanquas were once found in every landscape, flowering in fall and early winter, depending on cultivar and location, but today many of the new gardens are designed with its familiar cousin, Camellia japonica.