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Yuletide Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'


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-t- Planting Mix
Yuletide Camellia Planting Mix

Helps your Yuletide Camellia get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-10 ft.

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


4-5 ft.

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Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

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Cheer-Up Your Winter with Bright Red Flowers

- 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.


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Customer Reviews

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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.
January 1, 2013
Very healthy plant
The plant I received was healthier than I've seen in most nurseries.
September 8, 2014
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
January 1, 2013
over 4 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
July 15, 2014
over 4 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
January 1, 2013
over 5 years 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
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
November in Jersey
I wish I could send a picture...3 plants - all budding...2 with flowers. The deep green leaves are beautiful
December 1, 2015
Lakewood , NJ
1 year ago
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I live in the lower south and I was used to living in the middle south. My Yuletide Camellia has taken well and we have had a very warm and humid summer. I loved my camellia bush in the middle south because I love anything that stays green in the winter and will bloom and add color to the long winter months.

They add to your landscape and are cold weather hardy in these two planting zones 7 and 8. I am looking to have blooms on my new bushes this winter.

Just follow the planting instructions and don,t over water them or under water them for the first couple of months until they are established in there new environment!!

Lastly, Enjoy Them!!!

Lois R.
July 29, 2015
over 2 years ago
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May 3, 2016
Glen St. Mary, FL
1 year ago
Has not bloomed yet
-Prompt receipt
-In good health
- Can't wait to see it bloom
November 20, 2014
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I love the tree flower
JON E PUCILLOC S on May 3, 2017
Have been searching for these to use as border along fence to give some late fall and winter color.
William H on Apr 13, 2017
I love the tree flower
JON E PUCILLOC S on May 3, 2017
I read the reviews and it was indicated that it is deer resistant....that had a lot to do with my order, also, I love the idea of blooms during cold weather when other plants have ceased.
Ellen M on Apr 21, 2017
Have been searching for these to use as border along fence to give some late fall and winter color.
William H on Apr 13, 2017
I will make it to bonsai
Young K on Apr 7, 2017
Sounds like a beautiful privacy border plant to put at head of my parking area.
Gayle E on Feb 26, 2017
A splash of colour during the bland wintery months.
Roberto I on Feb 24, 2017
I use to have this one.
Adelaide B on Jan 9, 2017
one of the reviews.
anthony r on Dec 15, 2016
Long blooming plant and one that honey bees like in the fall.
Joseph T on Dec 7, 2016
This was to replace the ones we had to leave at my deceased Parents house the plants were mature and have been there for many years,was to hard to dig up and move, They are beautiful as well as hardy and its so great to see the blooms in cold weather!!!!
PAUL H on Nov 7, 2016
We have a heavily shaded area in our backyard and I wanted to cover up a portion of the fence previously hidden by Leland Cyprus Trees. I thought it would be beautiful to see all these beautiful blooms in winter.
Stephanie G on Aug 5, 2016
winter blooms
Priscilla C on Jul 7, 2016
To add a dash of color to my garden especially in the Fall.
Charles R on Jun 9, 2016
We live in Zone 8. We have a back fence line that had Leland Cypress growing but unfortunately are dying after 20 years. We wanted to replace the large trees with a different evergreen interest. We have other camellias in our yard and love them.
STEPHANIE G on Mar 20, 2016
PATRICIA S on Feb 26, 2016
Tricia B on Jan 31, 2016
Colors, growing habit & blooming time ~ CHRISTMAS TIME
DANIEL D on Jan 12, 2016
To replace a less drought tolerant plant
Edward A on Jan 9, 2016
for its winter blooms and not much maintenance
Urvashi B on Sep 22, 2015
I read the reviews and it was indicated that it is deer resistant....that had a lot to do with my order, also, I love the idea of blooms during cold weather when other plants have ceased.
Ellen M on Apr 21, 2017
I will make it to bonsai
Young K on Apr 7, 2017
if the plant is cut down completely will it grow back the next season from the stubs?
Annette W on Apr 23, 2015
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. Your Yuletide will be approaching its mature height of 8-10 feet in 6 to 8 years.
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
BEST ANSWER: The most likely answer is the weather - we have had a couple of bad winters recently and buds likely got killed in the cold. It helps if you make sure your plant is consistently watered so the buds don't dehydrate and wither. Of course, watering Camellias always comes with the caveat that they need excellent drainage, for they won't withstand wet feet. Finally, we recommend consulting your local Extension Agent, who knows local conditions and can make an on-site visit to determine what is wrong with your plant and suggest remedies.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 am originally from the OKC area....and I would recommend not planting until fall.....after the extreme heat of the summer is over. I would say late September . Just remember to water regularly even when the temps go down. You can actually dehydrate the buds if you don't water it in the winter. If there is a chance of ice before it blooms...cover with an old sheet. This is a wonderful plant...and the bright red flowers in the winter months is amazing!
What is the best time to prune?
Beverly L on Sep 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: With a Camellia it is best to prune immediately after they are finished blooming. In doing so it will allow new growth and buds before the next blooming cycle.
My Camellia bush's leaves have turned completely brown. What's going on with them?
Clarence B on Jul 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: the same thing happen to my camellia the 1st year I planted them around july - aug and when winter hit all the leaves turned brown around feb and by march lost all leaves but I just kept watering them and around may the leaves came back on all but one so just scratch the bark just a little and if it is green then they are still alive
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: Yes you have to use peat moss in your mix and follow the instructions. Did a big enough hole as well.
When is the best time to plant this shrub?
Rick J on Dec 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would say spring to get it established before winter if you are not in a lower south or tropical and coastal. Then fall should be fine.
i live in Southern NH, would the Yuletide Camellia survive?
melody a on Oct 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: hello melody I don't think they will survive I am long Island NY zone 7b and I planted my yuletide early fall 2013 they blooms for nov and dec . it was a hard winter with snow on the ground for over a month and my yuletide lost all the leaves (they are evergreens) I had to pamper them for months and around june of this year some leaves started to come back so we will see......hope this helps
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.
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.
I plan to use this as a shield for my window. How far away from the house should I plant it?
Harriet P on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would plat Camellia 4 to 5 feet from window so I would have some space to trim the back portion of the tree.
why do these not ship to texas?
Andrea D on May 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Due to state agricultural restrictions we are unable to ship to TX.
What are the nuts on my camellia?
A shopper on Sep 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Those are buds that will turn into blooms.
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.
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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