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Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE -

Camel­lia sasan­qua ‘mine-no-yuki’ THE sasan­qua camel­lias are some­times known as Christ­mas camel­lias due to their sea­sonal flow­er­ing.

‘Mine-no-yuki’ trans­lates to English as ‘snow on the ridge’, a lyri­cal de­scrip­tion of the snowy white blos­soms of this beau­ti­ful shrub.

Also called ‘White Doves’, the semi­dou­ble blos­soms have yel­low and gold sta­mens, the leaves are dark, glossy and green.

Its weep­ing habit and com­pact size make it an ex­cel­lent choice for small gar­dens.

Grow in acidic, well-drained, rich soil with a thick layer of mulch for mois­ture re­ten­tion in sum­mer. Dap­pled shade is per­fect and avoid east-fac­ing po­si­tions where morn­ing sun and frost can dam­age buds.

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