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Camellia sasanqua 'Paradise Susan' (Camellia, Sasanqua camellia)

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Angus's Top Gum Trees for Gardens. Angus Stewart's list of the best gum trees (Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora) for Australian gardens.

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Plant description

camellia sasanqua camellia paradise susan

Camellia sasanqua 'Paradise Susan' is a hardy evergreen shrub with large white flowers with crepey petals edged with deep pink, and bright yellow stamens. It is a vigorous upright plant with glossy green foliage to around 4 metres high, and is an excellent hedging plant. It is also good for espalier work, as a screen plant or as a specimen plant. It can be grown in a large container. It can be kept to a lower height with regular pruning. The foliage is good for cut flower work.

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.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white and pink
Flowering season: autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres

Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, insects, bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Pests

Scale, aphids, mites

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose or azalea and camellia fertiliser.

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