Camellia sasanqua Exquisite

Camellia sasanqua Exquisite

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Camellia sasanqua 'Exquisite' is a beautiful cultivar of the Camellia sasanqua species, admired for its elegant flowers and compact growth habit. This variety is highly valued for its ornamental beauty and ability to thrive in various garden settings.

Height and Width

  • Height: Typically reaches a height of 1.5 to 2 metres.
  • Width: Spreads out to a width of about 1 to 1.5 metres.

Soil Type

  • Soil Preference: Camellia sasanqua 'Exquisite' prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soils. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including loamy and sandy soils. Consistent moisture is important, but the soil should not be waterlogged.

Plant Description

  • Foliage: The plant features dark green, glossy leaves that are lance-shaped with serrated edges. The evergreen foliage provides year-round interest and serves as a lush backdrop for its beautiful flowers.
  • Growth Habit: Camellia sasanqua 'Exquisite' has a compact, bushy growth habit, making it suitable for smaller garden spaces, borders, or containers.

Flower Description

  • Flower Colour: The flowers of Camellia sasanqua 'Exquisite' are a soft, pale pink, offering a subtle and elegant display of colour.
  • Flower Shape: The flowers are semi-double to peony form, with layers of petals creating a full, textured appearance. Each flower is typically 5-7 cm in diameter.
  • Blooming Season: This plant flowers profusely from autumn through to early winter, providing a delightful burst of colour when many other plants are not in bloom.
  • Fragrance: The flowers emit a light, sweet fragrance, adding to their allure.

Cultivation and Care

  • Watering: Requires regular watering, especially during dry periods. The soil should be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulching helps retain soil moisture and keeps the roots cool.
  • Sunlight: Prefers partial shade to full sun. It can tolerate some morning sun, but protection from harsh afternoon sunlight is recommended to prevent leaf scorch.
  • Pruning: Prune lightly after flowering to maintain the plant’s shape and remove any dead or damaged wood. Avoid heavy pruning, as this can reduce flowering in the following season.
  • Fertilising: Benefits from an application of a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in spring. Avoid fertilisers high in phosphorus, as excessive phosphorus can inhibit iron uptake, leading to yellowing leaves.

Additional Notes

  • Pests and Diseases: Generally pest and disease-resistant, but can occasionally be affected by aphids, scale insects, and fungal diseases such as leaf spot. Good air circulation and proper plant hygiene can help prevent these issues.
  • Uses: Ideal for use as a feature plant, in mixed borders, or as a hedge. Its compact size and attractive flowers also make it suitable for containers and smaller garden spaces.