Camellia sasanqua ‘Hiryu’
Sasanqua Camellia, Sazanka
Camellia sasanqua is a gorgeous evergreen flowering shrub, featuring attractive glossy dark green foliage, suitable for a wide range of garden styles. They grow best in sheltered part-shade and moist well-drained soil – or in a large container with ericaceous compost.
The ‘Hiryu’ cultivar displays heart shaped deep cerise petals which contrast the central golden stamens of this popular showstopper which bears its blooms from late autumn through the winter, bringing joy to the darker months.
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‘Hiryu’ has an open flower centre, with a central crown of yellow stamens that makes an excellent source of Autumn sustenance for tough pollinators braving the onset of colder weather.
Camellia sasanqua and its cultivars are distinguished from Camellia japonica by their smaller leaves and tighter growth habit, making them a more popular choice for hedging effects.
They also generally begin flowering earlier: ‘Hiryu’ is reported to begin as early as the end of September in some gardens, often producing several flushes into December or even January. Whilst C. japonica is never scented, like many sasanquas, ‘Hiryu’ has a subtle, delightful fragrance.
Care & Size Guidance
Camellias are all acid loving plants, so if you want to improve the planting area it is worth considering getting some ericaceous compost or slow release ericaceous fertiliser.
This is a good choice for a container specimen, as it is slow growing, though you should select a large pot or be prepared to plant out eventually as the plant can reach a final height of 2-3m.