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Camellia sasanqua 'Paradise Baby Little Liane' is a compact hardy evergreen shrub with small white flowers with crepey petals. The flowers are informal double with bright yellow stamens, and are borne from autumn and into winter. It is a slow growing miniature variety with small glossy green leaves. It is particularly suited for bonsai work, low hedges, or as a specimen plant. It can be grown in a large container. It can be kept to a lower height with regular pruning.
Sasanqua camellias can be grown in a sunny spot as well as being well suited to partial shade. They like a slightly acid, moist soil. Water regularly until established. They will handle periods of drought once established. They can be left to grow naturally, or clipped to shape. Fertilise in spring with a camellia and azalea fertilser or general purpose fertiliser. A good layer of mulch around the plant will help to keep the root zone cool, deter weed growth, and conserve soil moisture. They have few pests or disease problems.
Flower colour: white and pink
Flowering season: autumn winter
Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds, bees, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Scale, mites, aphids
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose or azalea and camellia fertiliser.