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

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  • 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.

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