Camellia japonica ‘Professor Charles S. Sargent’

(Professor Charles S. Sargent Camellia)

Size Price
5-GALLON $44.99
7-GALLON $89.99

Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

An all-time favorite and top seller for obvious reasons…just look at it. Professor Sargent Camellia produces an abundance of stunningly gorgeous, fully double, peony-like brilliant red flowers that begin opening in late winter continuing through mid-spring. Even when not in bloom, the large, lustrous, evergreen, dark green leaves provide outstanding texture in the landscape.



Camellia japonica and most of its cultivars are considered to be winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-9. Even where winter hardy, unusually cold temperatures in winter (below 10 degrees F), particularly when occurring as a sudden temperature change, can damage or sometimes kill these plants.

Where winter hardy, Camellia japonica should be grown in moist, acidic (5.5 to 6.5 pH), loose, organically rich, well-drained soils in part shade. Consistent and even moisture is important. Avoid wet soils. Plants require protection from direct afternoon sun and wind. Best location may be sun-dappled part shade. Best with a root mulch. Near the northern parts of their growing range, plants should be sited in sheltered and protected microclimates such as near the south side of a home or building. Burlap wraps are sometimes helpful. Plants generally dislike changes in temperature, irregular watering or being moved. Even a change in humidity can cause plants to drop buds. Fertilize monthly in spring and summer. If desired, remove all but one bud from each cluster to increase the size of the flower. Prune immediately after flowering. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Professor Charles S. Sargent Camellia

Botanical Name

Camellia japonica 'Professor Charles S. Sargent'

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade





Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

late winter/early spring

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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