Fall Blooming Camellias

shutterstock_282863945Camellias are a wonderful plant and a classic here in the south.  Camellias are famous for varieties that produce gorgeous winter blooms and ones that produce the leaves for tea.  But there are also many ornamental varieties that bloom in fall.  These are typically the camellia sasanqua varieties, although there are some camellia japonicas that start blooming in fall as well as a number of extremely cold hardy camellia oleifer hybrids developed by William L. Ackerman of the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC.  Camellia sasanqua differs from camellia japonica with smaller leaves and generally smaller, more abundant flowers.  Cultivars we have blooming in the garden center now are Bonanza and Apple Blossom. Bonanza is an impressive red double with variegated foliage.  Apple blossom is another lovely variety with gorgeous blooms that are white with pink edges and with yellow stamens in the center- they are also fragrant.  Camellia sasanquas prefer plantings in amended, well-draining soil in bright shade or filtered sunlight.

We have a large assortment of fall blooming camellias – nearly 30 varieties in stock. We also have larger plants that are already 5′ tall to fill a space in your mature landscape or provide instant gratification.  Learn more about Camellias.

Camellia sasanqua Varieties We Love

Camellia sasanqua ‘Apple Blossom’ is one of the only fragrant camellias.  Abundant white blooms with pink edging and yellow stamens.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Autumn Delight’ features white double rose form blooms with bluish pink edging and yellow anthers.



Camellia sasanqua ‘Bonanza’ is a top performer with plentiful blooms in a radiant scarlet color and peony form.  Blooms in late winter. Very versatile! Low growing and spreading habit makes this a great choice for a low hedge, tall groundcover, foundation plant or espalier.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Chansonette’ provides gorgeous pink, double blooms with a short habit.  Perfect for a low hedge, groundcover or espalier. Blooms mid fall.  Grows 2-3 feet tall.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Cotton Candy’ is floriferous with an abundant number of semi-double to double flowers that are light pink to white.  Blossoms are smaller than some other camellias but they make up for it in numbers!  Plants can be covered in blooms and still have plenty of buds left to open.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hot Flash’ is vigorous and spreading reaching 4-5 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide.  Bright red-rose blooms.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hienko’ is an interesting red-blue color.  Semi-double form blooms.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hiryu’  features showy pink round flowers with rose overtones and yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from mid fall right through to late winter.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Kanjiro’ is a stunning selection.  Cerise pink semi-double bloom edged in red with golden stamens and a slight fragrance. Outstanding cut flower. Dense semi-weeping habit.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Mine No Yuki’ bright white semi-double blooms mid-season with a compact spreading form.

October Magic Orchid

October Magic Orchid

Camellia sasanqua ‘October Magic Orchid’ produces a grand profusion of small, brilliant flowers. These brilliant blooms are semi-double white to blush with orchid-pink highlights. Plants are compact & conical.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Pink Goddess’ blooms early for a long bloom season.  Pink, cupped-shaped flowers bloom on dense, upright plants.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’  produces large, perfectly formed, semi-double, white flowers with ruffled edges and a bright cluster of golden stamens at the center. Dense, semi-weeping habit.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Shishigashira’ features gorgeous hot pink blooms mid-season.  Spreading habit.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Showd No Sakae’ has show stopping light pink, peony form blooms early to mid-season on spreading plants.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ blooms from fall to mid-winter with fuschia-red double, peony form blooms.  A collectors favorite.

Camellia sasanqua x oleifera hybrid ‘Winters Charm’ features lavender-pink, medium-size, single peony form flowers.

Camellia sasanqua x oleifera hybrid ‘Winters Toughie’ flowers are lavender-pink, semi-doubles.

Camellia sasanqua ‘ Yuletide’ features single, brilliant red blooms centered with bright yellow stamens make an elegant statement in the winter garden.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Shishigashira’ x camellia yuhsienensis hybrid ‘Yume’ profuse mid-winter bloomer with single flowers and a spreading growth habit. Long bloomtime with unique coloration – often the petals appear to alternate white and pale pink.

Other Fall Blooming Camellias

20151022_103608Camelia japonica ‘White By The Gate’ has an impressively long bloom time, starting in November. Exquisite, formal double, pure white blooms.

Camellia hybrid ‘Eago Corkscrew’ is a camellia with interesting form.  A unique plant for the garden!

Camellia 0leifera ‘Lushan Show’ originated in 1948 at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC, from seed obtained from China’s Lushan Botanical Garden.  Very cold hardy.  White blooms.

Camellia hybrid ‘Snow Flurry’ blooms a stunning almost pure white, medium sized, peony form.  One of the first fall blooming Camellias.

Camellia oleifera x hiemalis hybrid ‘Winters Star’ produces six-petaled, violet pink, 3-4 inch showy flowers with center boss of bushy yellow stamens.

Camellia oleifera hybrid ‘ Winters Snowman’ features white anemone form flowers on upright plants with red new growth.

Camellia oleifera hybrid ‘Winters Fancy’ produces dark pink blooms mid-season.

Camellia vernalis x oleifera hybrid ‘Winters Fire’ produces medium-sized, semi-double, raspberry-pink flowers from fall to early winter.