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Camellia Plant ID

dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 1,011
I inherited this one from my parents (I bought it for them years back, but it's stuck on a tiny balcony, in a small potand really needs to go into the ground now).

Sadly, the tag has vanished. I recall it being a variety that likes sun though. Also, it has buds now and flowers later than its Winter counterparts. 

I'm in north London and the buds are just starting to open now.

I'd love to know which kind it is - thanks!


  • Jess is in the GardenJess is in the Garden Posts: 1,022
    edited March 2019
    C'mon, I know there's a camellia expert out there, somewhere  ;)

    Personally, I know very little about camellias, though I was planning to grow one in front of a cotinus I have. Wondering if they will like the same soil though...
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 1,011
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,432
    Just to say, it would be a tall order for anyone to recognise that.. one would need photos of wide open blooms, preferably several so one can see the whole shape of the flower form, and preferably on a larger bush...   there are many white camellias out there... it would be pure guesswork even for an expert in Camellias to take a pop shot at that one.. and I don't think this forum has that level of expertise in this particular genus really..  sorry...

    As you say you bought it for your parents ''years back'', do you remember where you got it from?  it sometimes helps to know that information if nothing else..

    East Anglia, England
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,432
    Here are some photos from my garden of my Camellias, showing the types of photos needed for i.d. purposes.. albeit these are readily available and even someone with a modicum of knowledge about Camellias might be able to guess these..  but it's the same with roses... these are the sort of pictures required really ...

    ..showing full bush shot with wide open blooms... easy to know this as 
    Camellia japonica 'Jury's Yellow'...

    .this camellia wouldn't be too difficult because it shows two camellias on the same bush.. and there aren't many that do that..
    Camellia japonica 'Lady Vansittart' which is the white with pink ripple, and its sport 'Yours Truly' which is the pink flower.. and the foliage is recognisably dark..

    Monty Don's most despised Camellia, but easily recognisable as it's so common..
    Camellia williamsii 'St Ewe'...  one of the easiest to grow...

    I don't wish to sound patronising or anything, but as you can see, these would be more helpful for i.d. purposes...
    East Anglia, England
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,432
    What I can do is perhaps narrow things down a bit for you... most Camellias we buy are either Camellia japonica or Camellia williamsii hybrids... I would say looking at your foliage that it's a japonica..

    You might like to look up the variety Camellia japonica 'White Nun' and see if that looks like yours...
    East Anglia, England
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