Famous Red Blooms in Winter Yuletide Camellia
- Single, Brilliant Red Blooms with Bright Yellow Stamens
- Blooms for Months!
- Wonderful Cut Flowers
- Compact Plant Has Medium Growth Rate
- Great in Containers
- Fine-Textured, Lustrous Green Leaves Remain Evergreen
- Mid-Season Flowering Shrub
- Reliable Performance Year After Year
- Widely Adapted
- Low Maintenance
- Easy to Grow in Acidic, Well Drained Soils
- Grow in Part Shade or Shade
- Displays Drought Tolerance Once Established
For a marvelous addition to your Winter Garden, add Yuletide Camellia (Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'), one of the most popular of the Camellia's grown in the home garden today. A dependable performer, the Yuletide features the perfect bloom time and incredible, bright-red, single blooms.
In some parts of the country, the Yuletide blooms from December through March. No wonder it has found a place in the hearts of all who love the Holidays!
This is a fall blooming, evergreen shrub with fall color and year-round ornamental appeal. As you watch your landscape fade and settle in for winter, Yuletide Camellia will just be getting started. Three-inch blooms of breathtaking scarlet will appear in fall, their single blossoms cradling bright yellow stamens. Glossy, dark green foliage will fill out your shrub, the perfect showcase for the showy blossoms (and an evergreen presence in your yard throughout the year).
The gorgeous flowers will persist late into the year. Be sure to cut a few branches with blooms and the dark green leaves. Bring them indoors for a long-lasting cut flower arrangement. You and your guests will enjoy this cheery red visual welcome to winter!
For apartment or condo living, Yuletide Camellia can be kept small as the perfect container plant. Or, allow it to grow as it will in the center of a Boxwood lined garden bed. No one needs to know how easy it is to grow!
There are so many ways to enjoy this versatile and charming plant. Order today, we sell out of this garden favorite quickly.
How to Use Yuletide Camellia in the Landscape
Yuletide Camellia has an upright form and compact branching habit. It's easily pruned to suit any garden situation. These would look stunning as a hedge plant at your fence line, or to hide utilitarian corners of your landscape.
Plant them 5 to 7 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. They will grow together and create a lovely, solid screen.
Try one on either side of an entrance way, or at the corner of your foundation planting to anchor your house to the landscape. The great, bright-red flowers in the fall and the dark, evergreen foliage make this a perfect accent plant in a shrub border.
Plant one or more in containers for years of enjoyment on the patio. What a nice, easy way to screen your seating area.
For a modern look, use a duplicate series of the same container style. Or, curate a special personalized collection of pots in different colors and patterns. Go bold, as this variety can definitely handle a dramatic treatment.
Try it as a beautiful espalier trained flat against a wall or fence. This ancient pruning technique is especially valuable in a smaller landscape where space is at a premium.
Can you imagine how pretty these blooming shrubs would look as living walls of a Garden Room or outdoor dining room? These evergreen shrubs will look great all year-long.
Yuletide's blooms are lovely, even in decline. As the flowers fade, the pretty red petals gently flutter to the ground to form a soft, bright sprinkling of red color below the glossy green foliage. It's an additional bit of color to add to this already lovely shrub. Why not mulch underneath the shrubs to keep cleanup to a minimum?
#ProPlantTips for Care
Yuletide Camellia are great in part shade locations that get protection from the hot afternoon sun. This is a low maintenance shrub that grows naturally beautiful and can be a solution to many sun filtered locations that other plants would not succeed. (Most Camellia sasanqua varieties are a bit more tolerant of sun exposure than the sinensis varieties.)
Choose a location that drains well. If poor drainage is suspected, elevate your planting by mounding up. Bring in additional soil to a height of 18 inches and plant directly in that mound. Amend the soil with a few handfuls of acidic pine needles.
Camellias are adapted to many soil types but prefers a slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5 to 6.5. Fertilize twice a year with Dr Earth Acid Lovers Premium and Organic Fertilizer in the late winter and early summer.
For container growing choose a potting mix recommended for Azaleas, Camellias and Rhododendrons. Because it is so adapted to container growing, it can be grown outside of its recommended zones and moved to protection from extreme winter cold or hot dry summer days, when needed.
Typically, Camelias require little pruning. Clean out dead leaves after flowering and prune out interior dead limbs and twiggy growth after flowering in early spring, or prune to shape at any time during the year.
Camellias are shallow rooted. Spread a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch to keep the roots cool and the surface moisture consistent. Apply the mulch all the way out to 3 feet from the outside of the plant's canopy.
Yuletide is a wonderful variety that was introduced by the world-famous Camellia Nursery, Nuccio's, in 1963 and registered with the American Camellia Society in 1971. Like its close relative Camellia sinensis; leaves of the Camellia sasanqua are made into tea in many parts of Japan.
Just as its name implies, it is a particularly prolific bloomer in December. Yuletide Camellia is the perfect gift for yourself and your yard this year!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'|
|Foliage||Broad Leaved Evergreen|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||8 - 10 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Partial Sun|