Yuletide Camellia


No plant makes me feel more like Christmas than the appropriately named Yuletide Camellia. Bright red flowers with yellow gold centers cover the Yuletide from fall all the way through the Christmas season. The dark green glossy leaves of this plant are the perfect background for the blooms. This evergreen shrub can grow 8 to 10 feet tall and wide but can be pruned to any height. Camellias are slow growing and are hardy from zone 7 to 10 which makes them a perfect evergreen shrub for our climate.
Plant your Yuletide Camellia in a shady area with well drained soil rich in organic matter. Leaf mold compost is the perfect organic additive for your soil. Keep your camellia’s roots cool with a layer of organic mulch. Keep a regular watering schedule through the first year after planting your shrub to establish a strong root system. Once established , camellias are drought tolerant but need good water during the hot months of summer. Camellias can be grown as specimen plants to showcase your garden or as a hedge. Camellias can also be espaliered on a fence or trellis. Prune your Yuletide after it blooms to the desired height or shape. After pruning feed the shrub with an acidic fertilizer for azaleas and camellias. Once established your Yuletide camellia will give you multitudes of red blossoms that you can enjoy on the bush or cut and bring indoors for a festive holiday bouquet. The Yuletide will bring you joy for many Christmas says to come.


Evergreen, Zone 7-10
Prefers shade, filtered light
Bright red flowers/ golden centers
Slow growing to 8-10 ft. tall and wide
Drought tolerant once established.


The Yuletide Camellia  (Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’) has a single, brilliant, fiery red blooms centered with bright yellow stamens make this a beautiful addition to the winter garden. Blossoms stand out in high contrast against glossy, dark green foliage. Excellent choice for a colorful hedge or screen, espalier, and border shrub. Mid season bloomer. Evergreen. 

Winter Flowering
Shrub, Camellia
Asian/Zen, Cottage
7 – 10
Filtered sun
4 – 9, 12, 14 – 24, 26 – 31
Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
Moderate growing 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Border, Container, Espalier, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Woodland Garden
Fall through winter
Dark Green