Strong-growing evergreen, with medium-sized, very thick, brilliant dark-green leaves and a smooth, light grey trunk. Appreciated worldwide for its autumnal flowering lasting until the end of winter.
As an acid-loving plant requires a rich, well-drained, acid pH soil; grows well in full sun and in light shade alike. Use a slow release fertilizer enriched with iron and microelements. One large spectrum insecticide treatment is advised in spring against aphids and cochineal as well as a cupric treatment against fungal diseases in winter.
In late spring, when the new vegetation is well established; take care to remove the apical shoots more frequently during the summer. Light pruning in autumn, paying attention not to eliminate too many buds in order not to jeopardize the flowering.
sazankaChristmas camellia - Camellia sasanqua
The oil which is extracted from the flower seeds makes an excellent moisturizing product for both skin-and haircare.