Good trees for urban gardens: Welcome fall blooms with camellia sasanquas

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board.

A wonderful addition to the fall garden are camellia sasanquas.  They begin to bloom in October and will continue until frost.

The three sasanquas pictured are blooming right now. They like sun, summer water and acid fertilizer in May and July. They also like to be against a wall or sheltered by taller plants.  Some sasanqua flowers such as ‘Yuletide’ will succumb to frost but often unopened buds will bloom when the weather warms up. ‘Apple Blossom’ is finished blooming after our first frost.
You can see ‘Setsugekka’ at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.  It is along the south wall of the main building of the ECA. It will reach 10 feet.
Sasanqua camellias are plants that look good year round since their glossy foliage is quite attractive.
— By Barbara Chase

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