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Sasanqua Camellia, Autumn Camellia 'Crimson King'

Camellia sasanqua

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: sasanqua (suh-SAN-kwuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Crimson King
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter




Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By grafting

By budding

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jonesboro, Georgia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 15, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have had this by an east wall but has got very sprawling so moved it, this is an attractive feature but needs a suitable spot. Each year it makes more flowers, 2005 in zone 8a Lincoln UK cool summer but mild autumn suited it, flowering from early November. I have just taken a seed pod from last year's flower with 3 seeds in, one already splitting and germinating, pod still green but starting to wither. Flower colour is red but photo in low light shows more pink, has a light scent. Nicely formed single flowers with boss of creamy yellow stamens, open twisted petals, medium size flower.


On Nov 8, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a strong growing, moderately scented sasanqua. The flowers are single crimson red with contrasting yellow stamens, making an eye catching combination. The dark flower colour means that any frost damage is less noticeable than it might be on paler petals.