Plant of the Month: Shi Shi Camellia

Hannah Mitchell

January 26, 2021

The Shi Shi Camellia is a gorgeous flower with vibrant, hot pink blooms, golden yellow stamens, and glossy green leaves. It's a beautiful feature in any lawn and perfect for barren, dull winter landscapes.

close up of a two bright pink blooms with yellow stamens and green foliage in professional landscape

Often called a dwarf sasanqua, the Shi Shi Camellia is actually in the species Camellia hiemalis. This plant is best-suited to warmer areas, providing year-round color. Its bright pink flowers are 2-3 inches across, and have a long blooming season, from October to early January! The bush grows 4 to 5 feet tall, and 6 to 8 feet wide. It's perfect for forming hedges, in mass plantings, or in wooded gardens. It can also be used as a front-of-the-border feature, to sit beneath windows, or in containers to decorate your porch. The best season for planting Shi Shi Camellias is November to February, so the roots can be established before the summer heat. When caring for this plant, good drainage is vital, as it needs to be watered adequately, particularly for newly planted shrubs or during hot dry spells. Shi Shi Camellias need acidic soil, requiring iron and other nutrients in order to thrive. Producing beautiful blooms without an abundance of maintenance, these plants can be fertilized once or twice a year, and can tolerate partial shade or full sunlight. Over time, they need trimming as they grow taller, so prune carefully to keep them under control and remove dead wood. IFAS has many more tips and details on caring for Shi Shi Camellias.

bright pink shi shi camellia flowers in dark green foliage in gainesville florida landscape

Shi Shi Camellias work beautifully and reliably in almost any yard. Adding them to your Florida landscape will give you a beautiful pop of color for years to come! For more information on planting or caring for these wonderful plants, contact the friendly professionals at LawnMore.

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