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Winter blooming Camellias

Add large, colorful blooms to your landscape in our coldest months by planting winter blooming camellias (Camellia sasanqua).  These evergreen shrubs feature attractive deep green foliage and are easy to grow.  Their care and culture is the same as that of rhododendrons. They prefer well drained soil in the winter months and evenly moist soil in the summer.  Partial sun conditions are ideal for all camellias and sasanqua types will also grow well in full sun locations.

One of our favorites at Squak Mt. is the Camellia ‘Yuletide’, featuring cherry red blooms with golden yellow centers. Blooming from the beginning of December through the first of the year, this shrub provides color in your garden for the holiday season.

For those of you that live in the colder areas of the greater Eastside (North Bend, higher areas on Cougar Mt. or the plateau) consider picking out an extra cold hardy camellia, which has been bred for a zone 6 hardiness (-10 to -0 F).  They include ‘Winter’s Snowman’ which features pink buds that open to white anemone formed flowers.  Foliage on this beauty is dark green with burgundy new growth in the spring. Another good choice is ‘Winter’s Joy’, which boasts semi-double bright pink flowers.

Squak Mt. Nursery has a wonderful crop of camellias offered in a wide selection of sizes and varieties, including some espaliered on trellises. We are sure to have the ideal camellia for your landscape or large container.  Visit us today and allow our friendly, knowledgeable staff to assist you.

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