COMMON NAME Professor Sargent Camellia
BOTANICAL NAME Camellia japonica ‘Professor Sargent’
HEIGHT 6′ to 8′
WIDTH 4′ to 6′
LIFESPAN 100 years
SOIL TYPE Well drained to slightly moist. Prefers a pH of 5.8 to 6.5.
WATERING REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and water every day for 2 weeks.Week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply once or twice a week. Do not overwater. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months to keep your plant lush and thriving. Reduce watering in the Winter when growth slows.
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Part shade to dappled shade. Morning sun and dappled afternoon shade are ideal conditions. Shelter from the hot afternoon sun. (Camellia sasanqua varieties prefer full sun.)
FERTILIZING Sparingly use well-balanced, slow release, granular azalea/camellia /gardenia/ixora fertilizer as instructed on the packaging. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, stems, and trunks. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Do not over-fertilize, as this will result in more foliage and less flowers.
FLOWER Elegans-form. Double velvety-red, the many petals form a ruffled whorl of magnificent color. Ashley’s favorite camellia. No significant fragrance.
MONTH OF COLOR Mid to late season blooms, from November to May.
FRUIT Green pod seed pod unripe, red-brown seed pod ripe. Pods contain seeds. Inedible.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Non-toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.)
COMMENTS Produces full, heavily ruffled, red double blooms in the Winter. Leaves are glossy, dark green, with a serrated edge. Soil must drain well and never retain water, or this could stimulate an array of problems, such as diseases and root rot. Wounds on the bark can be susceptible to fungus, causing branch tips and branches to die. Remove diseased branches by pruning several inches below the affected areas and remove diseased limbs. Be sure to clean tools adequately and properly for each plant, as dirty tools used for pruning can transmit fungus and disease. Named in tribute to Professor Charles Sprague Sargent, who was the Director of the Arnold Arboretum at that time. Sargent was responsible for introducing many plants to America from China and Japan. Great for fresh cut flowers. Ashley’s favorite camellia variety. Originates from far east Asia.
PRICE 7 gallon $55