A Camellia Sampler

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Camellia x ‘Nicky Crisp’ – A hybrid Camellia with smaller semi-double pale pink (violet-pink when opening) blooms with yellow stamens showing when mature. It has a compact growth habit, making it useful for smaller urban gardens and for growing in containers. This cultivar seems to prefer filtered light or semi-shade. Grows 6′ high by 3′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

camnucciosgem (288x300)Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Gem’ – Considered by many to be one of the very best pure white Japanese Camellias with pristine formal double blooms. It flowers midseason with medium to large-sized flowers. ‘Nuccio’s Gem’ comes from the famous Camellia breeder Nuccio’s Nurseries Inc. of Altadena California. Dark green foliage. Grows 7-10′ tall by 5-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

camrosehillred (285x300)Camellia japonica ‘Adolphe Audussen’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner features semi-double deep blood red flowers with contrasting yellow stamens. It is an older introduction (circa 1877) with glossy deep green foliage that nicely compliments the blooms. It is also a little more compact growing than some Japanese Camellias. Grows 8-10′ tall by 6-8′ wide. Zone 7.

camgwennethmorey (290x300)Camellia japonica ‘Gwenneth Morey’ – A hard to find Japanese Camellia which somewhat resembles ‘Jury’s Yellow’ with its anemone form flowers with white petals and creamy yellow petaloid stamens. It blooms in mid spring and also features deep green foliage and a tight growth habit. Camellias are best pruned after flowering. Grows 8-10′ tall by 5-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

camotome (300x296)Camellia japonica ‘Otome Variegated’ – A rare sport of Otome, which is a famous formal double which dates back to 18th century Japan and is also named ‘Pink Perfection’, ‘Usu Otome’ and ‘Frau Minna Seidel’. This cultivar has white to pale pink flowers with irregular rose to shell pink streaks, with every bloom looking a little different. Grows 8-10′ tall by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

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