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Hello everyone,  my quest is regarding my 6 year old white Camelia.

I say white because for the past four years it has produced beautiful white flowers, which grows in my white patch of garden.

But this has white, red and pink flowers on the bush.

Can anyone tell me how this has happened.... is it to do with bees pollinating the plant (as a friend suggested) or something more strange........would love to know if this will be the continuing theme of my bush?

Last edited: 28 April 2017 16:59:02


  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

    Bees cannot change the flowers in the camellia, only the ones coming from its offspring seedlings. Maybe the weather is cooler than normal and temperature- as well as frost- definitely has influence on the colour of blooms. It is something dependent on the current weather conditions, so it may not repeat itself again.

    Last edited: 28 April 2017 19:18:37

  • Thanks for your thoughts.  It was so strange to have three definite strong colours.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Are all the flowers coming from a single stemmed camellia? I'm wondering if perhaps there is more than one plant in that spot?

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,147

    Bee pollination would only affect the next generation, the seedlings from the parent. Is it multi-stemmed from the base?  I don't know camellias (very alkaline here) are they grafted and growing from the rootstock?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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