Growing Zones: 7-9 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉) 7-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 8-10 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 6-8 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, TN, TX
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 & Photos
Yuletide Camilla and hummers
I just bought my Yuletide Camilla and it is getting ready to bloom. Does anyone know if hummingbirds will visit the flowers. We have Hummers year round in Western Washington.
I received 2 'yuletide camellias' in good condition and planted them in late May. They have put out a lot of new growth and are now covered in buds which I expect to flower in November. These are great replacements for two of my four autumn-flowering camellias that were killed by successive January freezes in 2017 and 2018. Ian (Falmouth Massachusetts).
Hardy with long blooming season. Starts blooming by Christmas and looks good adjacent to white narcissus nearby.
The two plants were very healthy and vigorous. They bloomed long past other camellias and have remained healthy after benign neglect.
I received my Yuletide Camellia in perfect condition. It is still very small and we are getting into the summer months so no blooms as of yet.
First Experience with Yuletide Camellias and Fast Growing Tree Co.
The eight yuletide camellia plants arrived at my home well-packed and in good condition. So far they have taken well but will need time to review blossom development and growth.. I am looking foward to seeing the 1st flower---hope it is this yuletide season!!
Planting & Care
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.
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