Spring-Flowering Camellias IV

Camellia japonica ‘High Hat’ (syn. ‘Pink Daikagura’, ‘Daikagura Shell Pink’, ‘Pink Kagura’) – This sport of Camellia japonica ‘Daikagura’ bears soft pink double to irregular double blooms in the early season. The flowers are medium to large in size, with notched outer petals. This 1945 introduction has a compact growth habit, reaching 10′ in height. Zone 7.

Camellia japonica ‘April Blush’ (Camellia japonica ‘Berenice Boddy’ x Camellia japonica ‘Dr. Tinsley’) – A free-flowering Japanese camellia with semi-double blooms of shell pink to very pale rose (emerging from pink buds) with contrasting yellow stamens in the mid-season. These show nicely against the glossy deep green foliage. Grows 10′ high. Zone 7.

Camellia japonica ‘Gloire de Nantes’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner features large semi-double to incomplete double blooms of a deep rose-pink in the early season. This old cultivar is one of the hardiest and early blooming of the japonicas, and was introduced by Guichard of Nantes in 1895. It has an upright growth habit, reaching 8-9′ high. Zone 6-7.

Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Pearl’ – Introduced in 1977 by Nuccio’s Nurseries of Altadena California, it bears mid-season to late formal double blooms of white to pale orchid pink, with darker pink edges – the petals are also nicely pointed. This chance seedling of Camellia japonica has a dense growth habit, reaching heights of 6-10′ high. Good in containers. Zone 7.

Camellia japonica ‘April Kiss’ (Camellia japonica ‘Berenice Boddy’ x Camellia japonica ‘Reg Ragland’) – The earliest flowering of the ‘April Series’ with medium-sized formal double blooms of pure pink to reddish-pink. This floriferous cultivar has glossy deep green foliage and an upright growth habit. ‘April Kiss’ grows to 10′ high and is hardy to zone 7.

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