Shrub, or small tree, 1.5 to 12 ft tall, depending on cultivar. Blooms in fall and early winter, 1.5 to 4 inch single or double flowers, white to pink to red. Glossy, rich-green leaves are typically 1 inch wide and long (or at least normally smaller than those of C. japonica). Locations include Firehouse, Humanities Center, Ventura Hall: ‘Showa No Sake’, GSB west side at steps (blooming in November), new Mech. Engineering Bldg., outer southeast Quad circle, near its center.
Name derivation: Camellia – After George Joseph Kamel (1661–1706), pharmacist who studies Philippines flora; sasanqua – the Japanese name.
Related material: Stanford Grounds Plant Information Sheet. List No. 11, page 5 | Rare, storied camellias to replace lawns near Memorial Church. Stanford Report March 2, 2005.
About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the main text of this entry ca. 2005.