Bibliography

Here is the list of books I use regularly to build this site and its nomenclature. I also use, for the nomenclature, the catalogues provided by various camellias nurseries. This allows me to give the correct names and characteristics to the camellias.

Reference nomenclatures


Thomas J. Savige " The international Camellia Register". Fine Arts Press, Sydney, Australia. 

1993 Edition in two volumes.

This book presents 30.000 camellias, in the most precise manner, with a mountain of references. Their is a small number of photographs (only in introduction). The remainder is the long list of all the camellias indexed. It is a true encyclopaedia, the main reference for my work. It is an immense work.

It is a very rare book (published in 1.500 specimens), I found it on abebooks.com

Thomas J. Savige " The international Camellia Register, Supplement to volumes one and two". Fine Arts Press, Sydney, Australia. 

1997 edition. It gathers all the corrections of the two preceding volumes and references new cultivars created between 1990 and 1995. It is as rare as the first two volumes, I found it on abebooks.fr

Neville Haydon " The international Camellia Register, Second supplement 1990-2010". Fine Arts Press, Sydney, Australia. 

2011 edition. It contains the updates and new obtentions from 1990 to 2010. The information of pages 287 to 377 of the first supplement are re-included.



Tadao Tominari, Nihon Tsubaki Kyōkai, "Encyclopedia of Camellias in color", tome 1. Nippon Tsubaki Kyōkai, Japan 


1972 edition (book in Japanese, Latin characters for the camellia names). Index and description in Japanese. Reference book for the Register.



Tadao Tominari, Nihon Tsubaki Kyōkai, "Encyclopedia of Camellias in color", tome 2. Nippon Tsubaki Kyōkai, Japan 


1978 edition (book in Japanese, Latin characters for the camellia names). Index and description in Japanese. Reference book for the Register.

"The NOMENCLATURE of JAPANESE CAMELLIAS and SASANQUAS" - (Nippon Tsubaki - Sasanqua Meikan). English translation by Thomas J Savige. March 1999. The Japan Camellia Society. 

Photographic nomenclature of the camellias in Japan. Book in Japanese, Latin names, supplement with the English translation.

"Camellias of Japan". 2009. The Japan Camellia Society. 


Photographic nomenclature of the camellias in Japan. Book in Japanese, Latin names, Latin index.

"日本の椿花: 園芸品種1000", Saburo Yokoyama , Shuho Kirino. 2005. Tankousha. 


Photographic nomenclature of 1000 camellias. Latin names only, book in Japanese.



Stirling Macoboy "The Illustrated Encyclopédia of the Camellias". Timber Press. Portland.Oregon.

It is a very complete book (one thousand cultivars). It was my first reference and I often refer to it. The book and the illustrations are splendid. 

I bought it on  amazon.com

Stirling Macoboy "The colour dictionary of Camellias". Lansdowne Press. Sydney. Auckland. London. New York.

1981 edition.

This book was used as the basis for the previous one. There are less photographs, but one finds old cultivars description, which do not appear any more in the encyclopaedia above. 

It is a very rare book, I found it on abebooks.com

Don Ellison "Les camellias. Un dictionnaire photographique". Editions Champflour (for the franch version). Flora Publications International Pty Ltd (for the original version)


A practical dictionary, easy to consult that I found in French version. I find there camellias which are not referred in the preceding work.

It is a very rare book, I found it on  amazon.fr


Jennifer Trehane "Camellias. The complete guide to their cultivation and use". Timber Press. Portland. Oregon.


Very complete book on the camellias culture.  It contains invaluable information. It is rather academic but contains some interesting photographs. It is extremely famous. It is undoubtedly for that reason that it is so hard to find.

It is also a rare book I bought on  amazon.com


Jennifer Trehane "Camellias. The gardener's encyclopedia". Timber Press. Portland. Oregon.


More than a guide, an encyclopedia. It reference 600 camellias with photos and advises for culture (care, propagation, ...). Published in November 2007.

I bought it on amazon.com

William Hertrich "Camellias in the Huntington Gardens" tome 1. Henri E. Huntington Library. 1954


Camellia nomenclature. Photos in black and white.

William Hertrich "Camellias in the Huntington Gardens" tome 2. Henri E. Huntington Library. 1955


Camellia nomenclature. Photos in black and white.

William Hertrich "Camellias in the Huntington Gardens" tome 3. Henri E. Huntington Library. 1958


Camellia nomenclature. Photos in black and white.

Ann Richardson "Camellias: A Curator's Introduction to the Camellia Collection in the Huntington Botanical Gardens". The Huntington Library Garden Series. 2001


Description and photos of 1200 camellias of the Huntington Botanical Gardens (San Marino, California).

Gao Jiyin, Clifford R.Parks, Du Yueqiang "Collected Species of the Genus Camellia an illustrated Outline"


Book in English and Chinese. A nomenclature dedicated to the species, with description, classification and pictures. It is very useful to identify some camellias species. Bought on ebay.

Gao Jiyin "The World's Best Camellia Cultivars".


Photos and descriptions of 700 cultivars. Book in Chinese with camellia names in Latin.

Xu Biyu and Lin Tianfei et al "Sasanqua (Cha Mei)". China Press. 2007

Book in Chinese (latin character for names). This book is a treatise on camellia Sasanqua first published in China. It contains a description of 122anqua cultivars and more than 260 pictures. Book bought on Abebooks.com.

Gao Jiyin, Su Yuhua, Hu Xiancong "The Identification and Appreciation of The World's Outstanding Camellias". Zhejiang Science and Technology Publishing House. 2013


Book in Chinese (Latin characters for names). Index in Latin but not in alphabetical order. 1040 camellias in photos.

Guan Kaiyun, Li Jiyuan & Wang Zhonglang "Camellias of China . Zhejiang Science and Technology Publishing House. 2014


Book in Chinese and English. Index in Latin characters and alphabetical order. Names and description in English. 801 camellias described.

ACS "Camellia Nomenclature 1964". William E. Woodroof.


9th edition of the Southern California Camellia Society  Nomenclature.

It is a rare book I bought on  abebooks.fr

ACS "Camellia Nomenclature 1981 Historical Edition". William E. Woodroof.


17 th edition of the Southern California Camellia Society  Nomenclature.

ACS "Camellia Nomenclature 2002". David J. Trujillo.


24th edition of the Southern California Camellia Society  Nomenclature.

ACS "Camellia Nomenclature 2009".

26th edition of the Southern California Camellia Society  Nomenclature.

Piero Hillebrand & Gianbattista Bertolazzi "Antiche Camelie Del Lago Maggiore". Alberti Libraio Editore. 2003

Book in Italian and English. A beautiful nomenclature of the camellias around the "Lago Maggiore". Book bought at the  Locarno Camellia show

Piero Hillebrand & Gianbattista Bertolazzi "Antiche Camelie Del Lago Maggiore". Alberti Libraio Editore. 2011 - Volume 2

Book in Italian and English. This second volume is mostly dedicated to the gardens around the "Lago Maggiore". Book bought at the  Locarno Camellia show

Franco Ghirardi "Higo Camellia Un Fiore per it Terzo Millennio". Maria Pacini Fazzi editore. 2000

Book in Italian and English. After many long years of work, the author tells the story of Higos and classify them in a nomenclature. The photos are valuable for their identification. Bought on ebay.

Andrea Corneo & Dora Remotti "Camelie Dell Ottocento Nel Verbano". Regione Piemonte. 2000


Book in Italian. It traces the history of the camellia in Italy. Then he presents an accurate and very detailed description of 100 old cultivars grown in the Verbano region (Italian province of Piedmont). Each camellia is compared, where possible, with original documents, to help authentication.

Kirino rich autumn "Color-coded picture book camellia flower". Gakken. 2005


Book in Japanese, camellia names in Latin characters. Photographic nomenclature of 350 camellias. Very useful book.

Environnemental Protection Bureau of Guangxi "Coloured icones of yellow camellias". Guangsi Science & Technology Publishing House. 


Book in Chinese, English and Japanese. Collective work describing 21 botanical yellow camellias.

Secondary nomenclatures

Jim Rolfe & Yvonne Cave "Camellias. A practical gardening guide". Timber Press. Portland. Oregon.


It is the first book I found about camellia culture. In addition to the text and councils, it contains splendid photographs. This one is more accessible than the precedent. It is an excellent synthesis on the subject.

It can be found easily on amazon.com

William L. Ackerman "Growing Camellias in Cold Climates". Noble House.


A very interesting technical book which makes a synthesis of research on the camellia resistance to cold. It propose farming techniques and all the frost-resistant cultivars.

I found it on  amazon.fr

Luc Dhaeze-Van Ryssel et René De Herdt "De camellia. Een'aristocratishe roos". VIAT zvw.

The history of camellia in Belgium through its breeders. Among this, their is a complete nomenclature of Belgium cultivars. A very beautiful book with great pictures. Published in may 2008 (book in flamish), among a very nice exposition on the subject at the MIAT of Gent. A very useful book to identify the cultivars.

Book bought during the exposition at the MIAT (Museum of Industrial Archaeology and Textile) and still available their.

Dr Gerd Kierfeld "Gärtnern mit Kamelien". Kaleidoskop Buch 2008

Book in German, written by an Camellia lover.He describes in detail his collection, with description and photo for every camellia. He share his experience regarding its culture. For sale on the on-line bookshops.

Helga et Klaus Urban "La beauté des Camellias". Ulmer.

It is the first french book which I bought on the camellias. It is written by German people, impassioned by the subject. It is easy to read and gives a substantial list of cultivars.

It can be found on  amazon.fr or directly in nurseries.

Jorge Garrido "Camélias... outros olhares". Agro Manual. 2011

Book in Portuguese. Camellia history, culture, relation with Arts. Camellia presence in Portugal and in some other countries. Finally, photographic nomenclature of an hundred Portuguese cultivars. Sold by correspondence at the editor.

Jorge Garrido "Camélias Portuguesas, Historia & Formosura". Agro Manual. 2014


Book in Portuguese and in English. Camellia history, practical guide of the sites to visit in Portugal, photographic nomenclature of Portuguese camellias. Sold by correspondence at the editor.

Thomas et Olivier Roué "Camélias". Ulmer. 2013


Book in french. Practical guide to know, grow and choose camellias. Numerous photos.

Jean Laborey "Les camellias". Flammarion.

This book (in french) describes in detail the camellia history. It treats also its culture. It brings testimonys of amateurs and professionals. It contains descriptions and photographs to help you in your choice.

It is a rare book I bought on  amazon.fr

Ghislaine de Préaulx Carlo "Le monde des Camellias". Editions du Rouergue.


Another French book. It shows big subjects, which is less common.

It can be found on  amazon.fr

Rare books

Abbé Berlèse "Monographie du genre camellia'". Mme Huzard. 1 st edition 1837

A french book very estimated by camellia lovers. A reference book in the camellia history. An essay on its culture, description and classification. Three editions exist, this one is the oldest. 

It is a very rare book I bought on  abebooks.fr

Abbé Berlèse "Monographie du genre camellia'". H. Cousin. 3 rd edition 1845

The last publication of the Abbé Berlèse' book. 

It is a rare book I bought on ebay.

Alexandre Verschaffelt "New Iconography of The Camellias". E.A. McIlhenny. 1945

Description (without figures) of the rarest, the newest and the most beautiful varieties of this species.

It is a book I bought on  abebooks.fr

Alexandre Verschaffelt "Nouvelle iconographie des camellias contenant les figures et la description des plus rares, des plus nouvelles et des plus belles variétés de ce genre : 1848-1860". Nabu Press. 2010

Scanned reprint in black and white of the 1851 and 1852 books (in french). This book contains the figures.

I bought this book on amazon.fr.

John Threkeld "The Camellia Book". D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc. 1962

Book in English, care and cultivation guide for camellias. Bought on ebay.

Peter Longhurst and T.J. Savige "The Camellia Nomenclature". Bay Books.

A remarkable book by its plates.

It is a rare book I bought on ilab.fr