Camellia sasanqua 'shishi gashira' is one of my favorite camellias because it blooms in December, January and sometimes


into February, adding a lovely bright color to the garden when there's usually nothing else blooming. Unlike most sasanquas, it has a dwarf, spreading habit reaching from 3.5'- 6' tall and wide. My mature Shishi Gashira is on the small side because I prune it once a year, immediately after blooming, to keep it full and compact. My neighbor's which was planted at the same time but has never been pruned, is the larger size and more wispy. I find a place for this plant in most of my designs. I love that it's also winter hardy and can be used in a part sun/part shade location.
Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira' - 3.5' mature size and shape if hand-pruned annually (immediately after flowering) to encourage compact, dense growth and tons of flowers!
Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira'
Camellia sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira', a prolific winter bloomer

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
If Your Stairway Walls Are Empty, Here Are 25 Ways To Change Them Now!
15 Fabulous Fire Pits For Your Backyard
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
17 Faux Brick Ideas For Your Home
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
20 Easy Concrete Projects You Absolutely CAN Do!
The Easiest Ways to Grow a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know
30 Fun Way To Brighten Up Your Backyard This Summer
15 Things To Do With Scrap Material
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe

Have a question about this project?

Join the conversation

2 of 3 comments
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 5, 2012

    That is a gorgeous camellia, H&G. In Central Florida at least the sasanquas seem to do better than the japonicas.

  • Catherine M
    on Nov 28, 2014

    I have had my Shishi Gashira for 5 years and after a light pruning after blooming each year, it is still small and the blooms are so vivid. So far no insects to speak of.

Your comment...