Its Camellia sasanqua time!

What is the hardiest and easiest to grow of all Camellias, it is a Sasanqua specie Camellia called “Hiryu”

Sasanquas are Camellias that are autumn flowering, have smaller flowers which come in masses, have smaller leaves so consequently take more sun than conventional Camellias.

Camellia sasanqua Hiryu is a bushy evergreen shrub, native of Japan, with its main flowering time is from autumn to mid-winter.

Hiryu is a very popular variety with deep rosy pink blooms with the flower petals having a silver sheen down the center of the petals.  It’s has a strong vigorous growth habit with very dark green glossy leaves. These qualities making Hiryu well suited to wide variety of uses in the garden. As you may already know Camellias generally make great pot and container specimens. Hiryu is no exception; it makes a perfect long term pot specimen that masses with color.

Hiryu is tough and forgiving and perfect for creative gardening. It is extremely versatile and can be used for high or low hedges, screening; or espaliered on walls or trained over arches; and its perfect planted as a feature shrub. It can be pruned to a single trunk and with its lower branches removed makes a stunning standard topiary specimen. 

Hiryu is very adaptable, and will grow in full sun (given the correct soil and care) to part shade. Plant Hiryu around the garden in protected positions where ever you have small voids – they will surprise you in autumn with their wonderful colourful display.

Hiryu is left unclipped can grow to about 3 m high and 2 m wide in 10 years

Camellia sasanqua Hiryu is more sun tolerant and faster growing than many Camellia japonicas  – putting on a beautiful autumn flower display when the rest of the garden is looking drab!

Hiryu prefers a slightly acidic, humus rich soil with good drainage. They will grow in either full sun or partial shade. All camellias are happy to be mulched.

Fertilize from September to May, this will have a beneficial effect on their growth and their flowering. We use slow release fertilizer for pots and Kahoona in the open ground.

With a profusion of blooms, the flowers have a slightly spicy perfume and the petals always fall to the ground after a few days or a little breeze making a carpet on the ground.

See our collection of amazing sasanquas – in store now!

Dianne Hall, January 21st, 2021

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