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Camellia sasanqua alba

Camellias do their best in light shade or eastern exposures near the coast and require more protection inland. I have seen them survive places that I would not have thought possible. Then merely surviving is not usually our criteria for having a plant. We want it to thrive. Camellia's like slightly acid soil, regular but not excessive water but with greater frequency than do the oaks that they are often planted under. Camellia sasanqua alba is a longtime favorite. This Camellia is one that bring memories from my youth as it was planted on the North side of the barn at my Grandmother's house and trained as an espalier. Camellia sasanqua alba has 1-1.5" white flowers in the Fall, sometimes with just a hint of pink on the outer petals. The supple branches tend to weep as they extend out from the main branches. I tip prune the longer branches to contain the plant after it has flowered.

Camellia sasanqua alba

A Camellia sasanqua alba flower. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.