Camellia Bonsai Tree Care

The Camellia Bonsai Tree, scientific name Camellia sasanqua, is native to southern Japan and China. Bonsai growers love this tree for its beautiful pink cup-shaped flowers. Can be grown indoors.

Additional Information

Family: Theaceae

Scientific name: Camellia sasanqua

Common Names: Camellia

Origin: Native to China and Japan.

Appearance: This is an evergreen shrub with simple, glossy, leathery foliage that ranges from medium to dark green.

Flowering: Produces unusual cup-shaped blooms in fall and early winter. Flowers have white to dark pink petals.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. This tree is great for indoors.

Light Requirements: Partial shade.

Water Requirements: Likes moist but well-drained soil. Can tolerate drought for a short period of time. Do not let the soil to dry out completely.

Bonsai Style: Cascade, informal upright, multiple trunks.

Fertilizing: Feed it with acidic fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season. Avoid fertilizing it while it is blooming.

Repotting: Repot every two to three years using lime-free soil.

Hardiness: Grows best in the USDA Zones 7 – 9. Needs to be protected from frost.

Insects and Diseases: Scale, aphid.

Propagation: By cuttings and air-layering.

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