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Alabama Beauty Camellia
Camellia sasanqua ‘TDN 1111’

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Camellia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Alabama Beauty is a truly spectacular Camellia! Gorgeous, rosy-red, semi-double flowers literally cover the plant during fall and in to early winter. Alabama Beauty is one of the first Camellia Sasanqua to start flowering in the fall. As most summer flowering plants are winding it up for the season, Alabama Beauty is just getting started. 

As with most Camellia sasanqua, Alabama Beauty has a long bloom cycle lasting up to four months or more! We've seen them flower all the way to Christmas or even longer if the weather is mild. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

A taller growing Camellia with an upright habit of growth to about 10-15 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide (depending on pruning), Alabama Beauty can be grown as a shrub or small tree. As a shrub, it is ideal for use as a hedge or background plant, in groupings, and is especially nice as espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall.) When "limbed up" to form a small tree it serves well as an attractive and colorful specimen in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. Great for cottage gardens, cut flower gardens and woodland borders. Also suitable for containers that can be brought indoors overwinter for those who live above USDA Zone 7a, where not winter hardy. Find Your Zone >

Spacing:  6-7' for solid hedge; 12'+ for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Camellia adapt well to various soil types however prefer a moist but well-drained acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. Constantly soggy soil is a slow killer. In general, Camellia grows and blooms better in partial shade with some shelter from the hot afternoon sun. Morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sunlight is perfect. All-day filtered sun is fine.

Helpful Articles

Click on a below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Camellias.

*Espalier (pronounced: ih-spal-yay) ...an ornamental shrub or tree that has been trained to grow flat against a wall, fence, or other vertical, flat surface.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Sasanqua (Fall, Mid Winter bloom)
Height at Maturity:  10-15' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  8-10' depending on pruning
Spacing:  6-7' for solid hedges; 12' for space between plants
Flower Color:  Rosy-Red
Flower Size:  Large, 3-4"
Flowering Period:  Fall thru Early Winter
Flower Type:  Semi-Double
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun, All Day Filtered Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity
Intolerances:  Direct Afternoon Sun, Constantly Soggy Soil

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