Shishi Gashira Camellia, or LionÍs Head

Shishi Gashira Camellia, or LionÍs Head

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Camellia hiemalis 'Shishi Gashira'

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.

 

Ornamental Characteristics
Category Shrub
foliage Type Broadleaf evergreen
Height 4-6 ft
Spread 6-10 ft
Shape Upright, arching, spreading
Primary foliage Color Green, dark, glossy
Seasonal foliage Color
Flowering Season Autumn
Flower Color Pink, deep rose
Berries
Environmental Characteristics
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Preferences Shade to partial shade
Water Preferences Moist, well-drained soil