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This camellia shouts Happy Holidays! This carefree evergreen shrub blooms from November through January.

Yuletide Camellia

Cheer-Up Your Winter with Bright Red Flowers

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DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

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• Gorgeous winter blooms 
• Requires no maintenance 
• Drought tolerant 

The Yuletide greets your visitors throughout the holiday season… and most of winter! 

Blooms begin in September and continue throughout much of December, even into January. 

As an evergreen, this shrub can be used as a property barrier, foundation planting or accent plant in any area of your garden. 

Camellias are virtually maintenance free, requiring no care… they just bloom year after year! However, if you do decide to trim your camellia, you will be rewarded with double the blooms the following year. 

The Yuletide Camellia grows to an impressive 8-10 ft. high and 6-8 ft. wide. Extremely drought tolerant, once established… this shrub can handle any conditions Mother Nature throws at it! 

Your Yuletide arrives as a large, well developed 3 gallon plant... ready to bloom this season.


Growing Zones: 7-9

Mature Height: 8-10 ft.
Mature Width: 6-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'
Does not ship to: AZ, TN, TX
Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 7-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Yuletide Camellia

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Yuletide Camellia.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Yuletide Camellia gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Yuletide Camellia again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Yuletide gets its name because it blooms for Christmas and people cut them for arrangements and float them in bowls. Camellias are easy to grow if they are planted high. Dig a wide shallow hole. Debutante is also an early blooming one that was one of the earliest in America. Visit Magnolia in Charleston SC or attend a camellia show and you'll be hooked. We have a couple of thousand varieties. Growers are usually willing to share scions for cuttings or grafting.
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December 31, 2012
Very healthy plant
The plant I received was healthier than I've seen in most nurseries.
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September 7, 2014
1 year ago
Wow! I bought three shrubs from Fast-Growing Trees and they came in excellent, excellent shape! I bought this Yuletide Camellia and cannot wait for it to bloom! The winters are always so blah. This will cheer me up for sure
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December 31, 2012
over 2 years ago
Little camelia seems to have settled in nicely in FL, has many buds and three have opened into beautiful blooms. Very pleased with this choice
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December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
I live in zone 7. Got it in june & it is thriving really well under a dappled/filtered light. Leaves are now very lush, green & glossy! Hopefully it will bloom this first season! Will give an update & maybe post a pix when it blooms
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December 31, 2012
over 2 years ago
My Yuletide Sasanquas
My Yuletide Sasanquas are beautiful, strong plants that have the prettiest red blossoms with yellow stamen at Christmastime. I love them. They have a lovely form without pruning, so far I have one on each corner of my house. I expect them to be quite compatible with my Nellie Stevens Hollies . RMB
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July 15, 2014
over 2 years ago
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Has not bloomed yet
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-In good health
- Can't wait to see it bloom
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November 20, 2014
10 months ago
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how long does it take for the Yuletide camelia to reach its mature height? Or how much does it grow each year? thanks
linda b on Sep 9, 2014
Best Answer: These grow about 1-2ft per year.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 15, 2015
My plants have buds but they don't open. Why is that. I Live in North Carolina and have the sme problem every year only a few buds open?
Flo G on Jan 31, 2015
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Will this grow in pots?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I would think that it would. I have grown several other types of camellias in pots and have had
great success with them. Camellias are my favorite flowers and I wish you luck with yours.
Reply · Report · Ann L on Jun 1, 2014
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Does the Yuletide camellia's roots seek water from septic lines?
Amy B on Sep 20, 2014
Best Answer: I have not found this to be the case. Even if true - unless you had many plants, do not believe it oul cause a problem. B
Reply · Report · Barbara R on Oct 5, 2014
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I live in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia, do you think it gets to cold here for a Yuletide?
Courtney C on Jun 12, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately Pennsylvania gets a little too cold for the Yuletide Camellia.
Reply (3) · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 18, 2014
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what are spring and fall season blooming camelias?
A shopper on Aug 14, 2014
Best Answer: It blooms in the fall. It has lots of blooms. I am thinking of ordering more because I love it so much
Reply · Report · I N on Aug 14, 2014
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Is Yuletide suitable for espalier use in a two foot wide area between a driveway and a brick wall?

A shopper on Jun 21, 2014
Best Answer: We have the Yuletide Camellia growing in a two foot wide by the parking lot. Just make sure the soil underneath is in good shape with the nutrients it needs. We had to dig out lime and clay that was more than regular soil. Then we placed mix soil with peat moss, top soil, sand, and mulch under and around the plant. After it had been in the ground for about a month we put fertilizer 18 inches away from roots and watered. Then for some reason it wasn't growning so I put a fungus disease removal in two gallons of water. Have two plants so I put one gallon on each one and about 3 weeks later they are growing real well. More and more growth from a 3 gallon plant that was mailed to us.
Reply · Report · Virgil K on Jun 21, 2014
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I liv in zone 7, I think. I live in Oklahoma City. When is the best time to plant a camellia bush? Thank you, Amanda K.
Amanda K on Jun 15, 2015
Best Answer: I also live in zone 7, but in the east [DC area]. I have planted them both in the spring and in the fall. The first year you need to make sure that it gets adeqiate water, and then they are extremely hardy. I think you will be very pleased - they provide gorgeous garden color at a time when little else is blooming. Mine bloomed November to February last year [a bit longer than ususal].
Reply · Report · Lori A on Jun 15, 2015
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i live in Southern NH, would the Yuletide Camellia survive?
melody a on Oct 4, 2014
Best Answer: Hi! I'm afraid I can't answer your question 100% because I live in Mississippi! The climate is quite different from New Hamphire. The Yuletide Camellia is a very hardy plant. You should give this camellia a try. The joy it will bring you is beyond words.
Reply · Report · Leonardo L on Oct 5, 2014
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2 years ago I planted 2 Yuletides. Part sun, part shade, well drained. One died last year, now the other has started. One branch at a time. The leaves turn a bronze color, then brown and die. What could be causing this?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: This could be a sign that your Camellias are receiving the incorrect amount of water. If the leaves curl upwards after they turn brown this is a sign of under watering. If they turn brown and look droopy and heavy then this is a sign of over watering.

This could also be a result of pests. Do you see any visible signs of bugs on your tree? If so apply seven dust or an organic pesticide to it.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 18, 2014
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What are the nuts on my camellia?
A shopper on Sep 23, 2014
Best Answer: I need to check my camellia's more closely as I'm not familiar with 'nuts'. Are you referring to the 'soon to be beautiful blooms" referred to as buds? Sorry, I''m not knowledgeable of nuts. B
Reply · Report · Barbara R on Oct 5, 2014
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My yuletide camellia that I purchased from you a couple months ago looked like it was wilting because it needed water. I gave it lots of water, and about a week later it looked worse. Any suggestions? (my other varieties still look good)
A shopper on Jun 16, 2014
Best Answer: I live near the Chesapeake Bay. We have very humid summers. Let me tell you what I did. I planted it around May - I think - in a brick tree box with a bottom open to the earth so the roots could expand indefinitely if necessary. I watered it heavily when I first planted it and topped off the soil with large wood chips. I also soaked the wood chips. I may have watered it heavily again the next day, but I can't remember. Then I went out of town for 2-3 weeks. I believe my housemate may have watered it once while I was gone. That was the last time it was tended to by a human other than pulling some creeping vines off it. I have not watered it since, nor given it plant food, nor replaced the wood chips. It bloomed nicely in late fall/early winter. We had an unusually long winter and it lost all of its leaves. At the moment it has new growth (leaves at least) on the top. The lower branches are still completely without leaves. I still have done nothing to it other than to keep vines from overtaking it. I am curious to see how well it will do this next year.
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I loved my Camellia Sansequa "Dazzler". I believe it drowned. It was quite happy where it was for at least 6 years, but when I had my hose moved to a flower bed and the hose leaked,she got a lot of water. The next Camellia of a different variety planted in the same place by a landscaper died with buds on it before it ever bloomed! Red clay and shale here. Is there something I need to know about before trying to plant this Yuletided Camellia in the same place?
Cindy H on Dec 20, 2014
Best Answer: You will want to amend the soil or perform a soil test on that area.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 15, 2015
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When is the best time to plant this shrub?
Rick J on Dec 13, 2014
Best Answer: It really depends on your area, but typically early spring or fall.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 15, 2015
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how tall are these plants from the soil?
Vivian W on Dec 8, 2014
Best Answer: They are about 18-24" tall.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 15, 2015
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Will a Yuletide bush grow well in Mt. Prospect, IL a northwest suburb of Chicago?
Mike T on Nov 5, 2014
Best Answer: No, it is too cold for this shrub.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 15, 2015
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I live in North Carolina. My neighbors have a huge fence line and I back up to woods. I am looking for a shrub or tree to hide it. I love the yultide camelia but am afraid the deer will eat it. Do the deer like this type of shrub? If do, can you suggest anything else.
D S on Aug 10, 2014
Best Answer: No plant is 100% deer proof, once food is sparse deer will graze anything. However the Yuletide Camellia is not a deer's first choice, they will prefer other shrubs and plants over the Yuletide, so it's considered deer resistant. If you're worried you can always protect your plants with organic deer repellents.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 12, 2014
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would southern illonois be in this zone area 62948?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2014
Best Answer: You are in a zone 6 so it is a little cold for the recommended growing zones of 7-9.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 15, 2015
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In Vancouver, Washington our Yuletide Camellia has black moldy stuff on the leaves. What is this? How do we correct it?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: It could be a fungus. Wipe the leaves with a warm moist paper towel or towel to get ride of the residue. You can also wipe your tree down with a soap and water solution with 3 parts water and one part soap. Use a non harmful soap like Dawn or Dial. Also you can spray your Camellia with a fungicide.
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how tall and wide is the 3 gallon plant when it arrives?
cori b on Jun 18, 2015
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why do these not ship to texas?
Andrea D on May 2, 2015
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if the plant is cut down completely will it grow back the next season from the stubs?
Annette W on Apr 23, 2015
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