Currently blooming here at the nursery, the versatile Camellia sasanqua ‘Bonanza’ has an abundant array of striking, scarlet peony shaped blooms. Bonanza grows well in shade or partial sun, as well as in wet or dry conditions, making it an easy addition to many gardens. It’s spreading habit offers more versatility than the erect, shrub form camellias, and works well manicured or left wild. Plant as a low hedge, espalier, tall ground cover, or a nice evergreen addition to a perennial bed.
Sometimes referred to as Christmas Camellias, the sasanqua varieties of Camellia are native to the evergreen, coastal forests of southern Japan. It was introduced by Dutch traders into Europe in 1869. Bonanza is a seedling of ‘Crimson Bride’.