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A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE GENUS CAMELLIA

By Bradford King – There are as many as 280 camellia species.  They come from South East Asia with eighty percent originating in China. Commercially the most important is Camellia sinensis (the tea plant) whose new foliage is used to make tea. Camellia oleifera is a very important agricultural plant especially in China where its seeds are pressed producing edible ... Read More »

THE GEORGE LEWIS “BEST OF SHOW” TROPHY

By Beth Stone and Bradford King - George Lewis Cup Winner – 2019 C. reticulata ‘Barbara Goff’ by Tom & Libbie Stull - George Lewis donated a perpetual trophy to the Southern California Camellia Council which was awarded at Council shows beginning in 1987.   The George Lewis Trophy is a 14” diameter sterling silver bowl on a wooden base.  The ... Read More »

THE THREE MOST POPULAR FRAGRANT CAMELLIAS

◊ By Bradford King ◊ A fragrant plant is one of the pleasures when taking a walk in the garden and a sweet treat when one is planted near a bench or placed in a sitting area on a patio.  Camellia lovers are now able to have fragrant species and many lovely perfumed scented cultivars in their collection thanks to ... Read More »

FALL BLOOMING SASANQUA CAMELLIAS

By Bradford King The most popular fall blooming camellias are Camellia sasanqua. These camellias begin blooming as early as August and generally peak in November and December in Southern California.  The flowers typically have six to eight petals. The profuse flowers are usually white, pink, or white with pink or red edges. There also a few beautiful red sun camellias ... Read More »

GENETIC AND VIRAL VARIEGATION IN CAMELLIAS

By Bradford King Variegation is the appearance of differently colored zones in the leaves, and flowers but also sometimes the stems. This may be due to a number of causes—environmental or genetic. Some of the most popular and beautiful camellia flowers have genetic or viral variegation. GENETIC VARIEGATION Genetic variegation in camellia flowers is recognized as white borders or streaks ... Read More »

2020 Camellia Nomenclature

The first Nomenclature Book was published in 1942, edited by Vern McCaskill.  It was entitled Classification of Camellias and listed 196 varieties. The second nomenclature book was published in 1946 and listed the names of 291 cultivars obtainable and grown in Southern California.  This booklet contained culture notes by William Hertrich. In 1947, the first formal “nomenclature” book was published. Edited ... Read More »

Approved Size Changes for the 2020 Camellia Nomenclature

The Nomenclature Research Committee of the SCCS Bradford King, Editor Species Japonica Cultivar Name New Size Previous Size April Remembered Medium to large Large Ella Joe Medium Undefined Frances Council Miniature to small Miniature Hishi-karaito Small Small to medium Irrational Exuberance Medium to large Large Laverne Norris Medium to large Large Martie Determan Large to very large  Very large Purple ... Read More »

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CAMELLIAS FOR MANDITORY WATER RESTRICTIONS

By Bradford King The need to reduce consumption of water in California is an urgent issue. Mandatory water restrictions are in place and full cooperation is necessary.  How do we save our camellias? If you haven’t already done the following things do them as soon as possible. Check every outlet, faucet, valve and washer to insure you have no leaks inside ... Read More »

SCCS Monthly Meetings 2017/2018

Our November 16th meeting will be held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum (301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, 91007) The meeting will be held in Ayres Hall – which is the large exhibition building just through the gate midway in the parking area facing Baldwin Ave) The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. There will be a plant raffle & snacks. ... Read More »

Show Results – SCCS Arboretum January 30, 2016

Award_Description Class_Description Division Flower_Name Exhibitor Award_ Points Best Single Bloom Japonica Large/Very Large Mrs. D.W. Davis Carol Stickley 01A 10 Runner-Up Single Bloom Japonica Large/Very Large Nuccio’s Bella Rossa Var. Marv & Virginia Belcher 01B 6 Court of Honor Single Bloom Japonica Large/Very Large Nuccio’s Bella Rossa Carol Stickley 01C 2 Best Single Bloom Japonica Medium Betty Sheffield Supreme Tom ... Read More »

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