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Bonanza Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Bonanza'

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Bonanza Camellia (Camellia sasanqua 'Bonanza') at Fernwood Garden Center

Bonanza Camellia flowers

Bonanza Camellia flowers

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Bonanza Camellia (Camellia sasanqua 'Bonanza') at Fernwood Garden Center

Bonanza Camellia flowers

Bonanza Camellia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Autumn Camellia, Sasanqua Camellia

Description:

Masses of incredible crimson peony-type flowers bloom in fall and early winter; attractive, glossy, evergreen leaves cover this low-growing, groundcover shrub; provide rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soil; best time to prune is Mar-May

Ornamental Features

Bonanza Camellia features showy crimson round flowers at the ends of the branches from early fall to early winter. It has dark green foliage. The small glossy pointy leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Bonanza Camellia is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Bonanza Camellia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Bonanza Camellia will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Bonanza Camellia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features