Our garden has no camellias at the moment, but we were able to photograph these beautiful sasanqua flowers which tower over the fence of our neighbours’ property. The branches of the camellias, which are laden with flowers, hang over the dividing fence and make a lovely background as well as providing privacy.
Camellia sasanqua is a species of camellia native to China and Japan. It is usually found growing at altitudes of up to 900 metres, but is quite happy in the suburbs of Sydney and the Central Coast (which are almost at sea level). It is an evergreen shrub growing to 5m tall, and in late summer and autumn is covered with delicate flowers. Sasanqua flowers tend to fall after a day or two, leaving a beautiful carpet of colour.