What is this Camellia ?

    1 - What species is your camellia ?
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    Higo Camellias
    Coming form the old Japanese province of Higo (now Kumamoto), on the southern island of Kyushu, selected by lords of the Samuraï. They constitute a group of 120 cultivars inside Camellia Japonica. The flowers are always single and the stamens are proeminent.

    Hybrid
    Coming from marriage between species, hybrids are recent (1930). Some are cold resistants. The form and color ranges are varied. Flowering during winter or spring.

    Hybrid C.reticulata
    By hybridization, the species C.reticulata has given hundreds of mostly spring-flowering cultivars.

    Hybrid C.x williamsii
    Hybrids 'williamsii' (coming from Camellia saluenensis and Camellia japonica) are named after the first European breeder, J.C. Williams.

    Japonica
    Coming from China, then Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. They are the most famous and are very popular. This specie regroups thousands cultivars of various flower sizes, foliage, habits and colors. Flowering during winter or spring.

    Reticulata
    Coming from southwest of China, Yunnan. Very large flowers and strong colors. Flowering during spring. For temperate climates.

    Sasanqua
    Specie coming from Japan. Flowering in autumn. Often fragrant (smells jasmine tea). Camellia sasanqua gave hundreds of cultivars.

    Species
    Wild camellias


    What is this Camellia ?

    2 - What color is your camellia ?
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    Bicolor Pink-Red

    Bicolor White-Pink

    Bicolor White-Red

    Pink

    Purple

    Red

    White

    Yellow


    What is this Camellia ?

    3 - What aspect have the flowers ?
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    Graduated shading
    The main color can shade from the center to the edge of the petal. The flowering can begin with a color (pink here) which shades and brightens as the flower opens out.

    Pink blotched
    The petals can also be spotted pink. Note that the size and arrangement of spots varies from a camellia to another.

    Pink marginated
    A variant of two-colored flower, mostly white and a thin pink strip on the periphery.

    Pink striped
    You can also find pink stripes.

    Red blotched
    Spots can also be very discreet, here, the red spots are very small.

    Red marginated
    On this flower, a thicker red strip if added to the dominant white color.

    Red striped
    A final possibility on this flower, red stripes. Sometimes you can also find pink and red stripes on the same flower.

    White blotched
    The petals can be more or less blotched. This second hue, here white, contraste with the base color. The spots are more or less numerous and extended.

    White marginated
    The flowers are bicolors. A dominant color (pink here) fills allmost all the petal surface. The edges have a thin white strip.

    White striped
    The petals have several colors. White stripes converge towards the center of the petal. Some have the term "Nishiki" in their name (ie Nishiki Kirin) to emphasis this characteristic.


    What is this Camellia ?

    4 - What form have the flowers ?
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    Single
    Five to eight petals in one row.

    Semi-double
    Two or more rows of large regular, irregular or loose outer petals (nine or more). With proeminent stamen.

    Rose-Form Double
    Petals are imbricated or overlapped as informal double, but opening to reveal stamen display in a concave center.

    Formal double
    Many rows of petals (sometimes more than a hundred), usually with central cone of tightly furled petals.

    Peony Form
    A mass of raised petals with petaloids (parts of the flower that have assumed the appearance of small, narrow or twisted petals). Also called Informal double.

    Anemone Form
    One or more layers of large outer petals with a mass of petaloids ans stamens in the center.


    What is this Camellia ?

    5 - What size have the flowers ?
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    Miniature
    3 to 6 cm

    Small
    6 to 8 cm

    Medium
    8 to 10 cm

    Large
    10 to 13 cm

    Very large
    Over 13 cm