Camellia Sasanqua (sa·san·qua), family Theaceae
Also known as Christmas or Yuletide camellia because the plant blooms in the fall (September to December) while other camellias bloom in the spring. The University of Florida has this Guide to the different varieties of camellia.
The Wilson Brothers Website provides care and feeding instructions for camellias. They also include a short list of differences between C. Sasanqua & C. Japonica:
- They produce smaller but more flowers than japonicas.
- They have slightly smaller leaves than japonicas.
- They tend to be a little more sprawly and natural in their growth habit than japonicas.
- They tend to take severely cold winters better than japonicas and are generally hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 through 10.
The Wikipedia states that the Sasanqua has practical uses,
It has a long history of cultivation in Japan for practical rather than decorative reasons. The leaves are used to make tea while the seeds or nuts are used to make tea seed oil, which is used for lighting, lubrication, cooking and cosmetic purposes. Tea oil has a higher calorific content than any other edible oil available naturally in Japan.
Here are a couple more photos: