The Professor Sargent Camellia is a true stunner that’s guaranteed to draw attention to your landscape. This camellia produces double-form pink-red blooms with distinctly peony-style petals. These blooms are large, around 4″ across; traditionally about the size of a snowball. Therefore, you can’t miss the Professor Sargent in full bloom from late winter to early spring (and you won’t want to).
The Professor Sargent Camellia features rich dark evergreen foliage. Additionally, each leaf is quite glossy and pointed, with a light serration at the edge of the leaf.
Reaches 10-15′ H x 8′ W at maturity. However, they do respond well to trimming. Left untrimmed, they tend to have a moderate growth rate, at around 12-18″ of growth yearly in favorable conditions.
This camellia is notably heat and humidity tolerant. In other words, it’s perfect for Southern landscapes.
Use the Professor Sargent Camellia as a privacy screen, hedge, accent, specimen, or mass planting. Otherwise, for a particularly impressive display, try lining a long driveway or property line with them.
Professor Sargent Camellia Care
Hardy in USDA Zones 7-9, down to 0°F when completely established.
Prefers Partial or Filtered Sun. Either 3-4 hours of direct morning sun or all-day filtered sun is ideal.
Water 2-3 times per week after initially planting. For the second growing season, provide 1-2 supplemental waterings a week. The Professor Sargent Camellia requires little supplementary water after it’s established. Moreover, it’s considered somewhat drought tolerant.
Plant in rich acidic soil with good drainage for best results. In addition, top-dress your soil with 3-4 inches of composted manure yearly to enhance the quality of your soil and keep your Camellia thriving.
Fertilize yearly in spring with an acidic plant fertilizer to maximize plant growth and health.
Apply 2-3 inches of mulch yearly to protect your camellia from extreme temperatures.
How to Space Your Professor Sargent Camellia
For a seamless planting, plant your Professor Sargent Camellia 6 feet apart. Alternatively, space them 8+ feet apart for gaps between plants.