Free flowering Shishi Gashira, or Lions Head, is the most popular camellia for espalier work. Although it is sometimes called a sasanqua, it is not truly that, but the wild form of Camellia hiemalis, the cold-climate camellia. It originated in Japan in 1841. It is a semi-double, peony- to anemone-form bloomer with an appealing rosy-pink color, and its flowering period is very long. We use this camellia a lot in Toms Creek landscape designs. Under perfect conditions, it can grow 10-15' tall and wide.