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Yuletide Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'


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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
-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

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TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

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-t- Root Rocket™ Launcher
Root Rocket Launcher

Explosive Growth for All of Your Plants

Rocket your lawn and plants to new heights with Root Rocket™ Launcher! All-natural and all-in on healthful benefits, Root Rocket™ is a propriety blend of nutrients that have been horticulturalist-tested and proven to help young plants transition from nursery to soil or a more permanent container. Root Rocket™ Launcher improves on that special mix with a water-soluble twist – so your lawn and garden can now be sprayed with the naturally-crafted solution you love for soil. And this pre-made care package in a handy drawstring bag makes it all the more effortless to keep your plants lush and vibrant, with the following items included: Root Rocket™ Launcher solution Root Rocket™ Launcher spray bottle 50-ft. nylon retractable hose


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.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

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.

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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
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 5 years ago
Very healthy plant
The plant I received was healthier than I've seen in most nurseries.
September 8, 2014
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 5 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
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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 6 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 5 years ago
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 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
Has not bloomed yet
-Prompt receipt
-In good health
- Can't wait to see it bloom
November 20, 2014
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
May 3, 2016
Glen St. Mary, FL
over 2 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Yuletide Camellia

Yuletide Camellia Planting Diretions

The Yuletide Camellia (Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide') is a gorgeous, winter blooming, low maintenance shrub that is a fantastic bright red bloomer! The full to partial sun loving shrub is a moderate grower commonly planted in USDA growing zones 7-9 (although they can be successfully container grown) and likes a slightly acidic touch to their soil. Maturing at a height of 8-10 feet and a width of 6-8 feet it’s very drought tolerant and can handle almost anything Mother Nature throws at it! The typical blooming time for the Yuletide is from September to December making it a beautiful, decorative item in your home for the happiest of holiday seasons with your family.

Choosing a location: They are very deer resistant and come in a wonderful range of different sizes, forms and colors. Although they can be a bit finicky with their requirements for planting, they’re fairly easy to grow. The ideal environment for your camellia shrub is a sunset climate zone ranging from 7 to 9 with full to partial shade and a slightly acidic soil.

Planting directions (in ground): It’s always good to test your soil with a pH meter before planting anything that requires more acidity to flourish.

1) Select a planting site where the soil is well draining and no standing water collects. Remember, camellias are susceptible to root rot. Afternoon shade is good to protect the camellia from getting too hot during the warmer months.
2) Camellias need a slightly more acidic soil to thrive; specifically a 6.0-6.5 pH is ideal. If you need to raise the acidity of your soil then mix in some peat moss, pine needles, lime, coffee grounds or decaying oak leaves.
3) Also, provide more nutrients by adding peat moss, compost or humus to the soil before planting. As they break down they will feed the camellia’s root system.
4) Dig your hole about 2 inches shorter than the depth of the root ball and 2 feet wider than the width. This will allow space for the roots to branch out and keep the top of the root ball above the rim of the hole. Loosen up the soil at the bottom of the hole with a gardening claw or rake in order to make it easier for the roots to expand.
5) Place your camellia on top of the loosened soil, the top of your root ball should poke out of the hole slightly. Carefully back-fill your hole with the enriched soil until the root system is completely covered and mound the soil over the top. Press down gently on the topsoil to stabilize your camellia.
6) Make a circular ridge of soil 2-3 feet away from the shrub and press down firmly to keep your soil from washing away.
7) Water thoroughly but do not leave your shrub in standing water. You’ll want to water regularly at first until the roots become better established, then soak once a week to encourage deeper root growth (camellia roots tend to stay more towards the surface). Adding mulch around your camellia will help the soil retain moisture, regulate temperature and prevent weeds from growing.

Planting directions (potted): Your camellias will thrive in pots but may require a little extra care for them to grow and flower. They will require repotting every 2-3 years since the soil will become depleted and heavy after about 3 years.

1) Your container will need to have adequate drainage since camellias hate to have wet feet. Lining the bottom of your container with 2-3 inches of gravel will help keep your roots from getting waterlogged. Also, make sure that the bottom of the container has drainage holes.
2) Different types of soil affect how quickly water drains. Instead of slow draining gardening soil, use a fast-draining soil mix that’s specific for container use. Amend commercial mixes with finely composted pine tree bark or similar organic materials to make a good planting medium.
3) When potting your camellia be sure not to plant it any deeper than it was in the original container it came in. You’ll want to avoid covering any surface roots, as this can be disastrous. Leave your soil level a couple inches lower than the rim of your pot.

Watering:Feel the soil under the layer of mulch every few days. If the soil is dry then gently give your camellia a few gallons of water, allow the water to soak into the soil as you pour. If you planted in the warmer season you may need to monitor the moisture every day. In cooler, moist weather you may not need to water for weeks.

Always be cautious of your watering habits though, waterlogging can lead to root rot, which can be lethal to your camellia. Potted camellias should be watered as needed. Using your finger, probe the soil to see how moist it is. Always allow your soil surface to become dry before watering but don’t wait to the point of drought stress. Water until you see water draining from the bottom of the pot.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your camellia in the spring. Do not fertilize sick or distressed camellias or when temperatures are above 90 degrees because this can result in leaf burning. Using a soluble fertilizer for acid loving plants once or twice a month in spring and mid-summer is best.

A slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote or Dynamite is useful if you would like to fertilize your camellia less frequently. Another method is to use liquid fertilizer for acid loving plants, which is applied while watering or spraying in the growing season. The labels on each of the fertilizers will show you how much fertilizer to apply based on the size of your plant.

Pruning: After your blooming season has ended you’ll want to remove any dead or weak wood (a gray tinge to the bark is an easy way to identify dead branches). Thin out the growth a bit when your camellias become so dense that blooms will have difficulty emerging. Shorten lower limbs to encourage more upright growth and make scrawny shrubs a lot bushier. Prune the thick area on the stems, which will mark where the prior year’s growth ended.

Pruning above the growth scar will help motivate dormant buds to form below. Remove crossing branches to avoid scraping wounds, your camellia should be pruned to the point where a bird can fly freely through it. Thinning the center of the canopy improves air circulation, which prevents sooty mold and petal blight.

Prune your potted camellia’s stems back hard in the spring season after flowering. The buds form on the tips of the newer branches and pruning your potted camellia will keep them a more manageable size and will encourage more branching.

Planting & Care

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Winter Color, size
Meganne V on Jun 25, 2018
I am from South Korea 40 years ago. In southern coasts of Korea, Yuletide Camellia flowers blooming in winter made us very exciting.
Even though Chicago area is not for planting outside, but it will be potted and kept during winter. Hope this will grow well--!
Mark K on May 14, 2018
Winter Color, size
Meganne V on Jun 25, 2018
We have started to collect camellias and they are so very happy underneath the canopy of our lovely old live oak trees! We so look forward to celebrating the Christmas Season with lovely blossoms from our Yuletide Camellia!
Christine C S on May 29, 2018
I am from South Korea 40 years ago. In southern coasts of Korea, Yuletide Camellia flowers blooming in winter made us very exciting.
Even though Chicago area is not for planting outside, but it will be potted and kept during winter. Hope this will grow well--!
Mark K on May 14, 2018
I want winter greenery and interest.
Edith L on May 11, 2018
I like the idea of an camellia blooming in the winter.
jUNE M on Apr 23, 2018
Something to enjoy during normal bleak months
Paul R on Mar 28, 2018
The color, it's an evergreen, and it blooms in fall/winter
Victoria H on Oct 29, 2017
Wanted flowering plants during the colder months to keep color in my yard year-round
Victor S on Oct 10, 2017
Unusual tropical Holiday Flower that will be a conversation plant
Meri M on Aug 3, 2017
Nice size and nice looking for the space I have in mind.
Mary Jane R on Jul 23, 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
We have started to collect camellias and they are so very happy underneath the canopy of our lovely old live oak trees! We so look forward to celebrating the Christmas Season with lovely blossoms from our Yuletide Camellia!
Christine C S on May 29, 2018
I want winter greenery and interest.
Edith L on May 11, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
? Would yuletide camellias work for a privacy hedge.
Steve on May 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I did a Google search and found both photos and information about the different varieties recommended for a hedge. Although I did not find the yuletide variety mentioned specifically, by their description on here I am considering them myself for a hedge along a fence in our back yard.
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.
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.
Will this tree grow in southern part of North Carolina?
Marilyn E on Mar 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Does the bush make fruit of any kind?
Cindy H on Aug 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I wish I knew. i planted mine two years ago and its still 12" high. however i purchased mine after seeing one in a neighbors yard that is thriving and beautiful. I have never seen fruit on it but stunning flowers in December. i have bush envy. Note, i think my neighbors bush gets more direct sunlight than where mine is planted, if that helps as well.
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: yes at least 4-5 feet from window-as this beautiful creature fills out she will be scratching at your window if you don't!
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.

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