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SCCS – 01-25-20

Southern California Camellia Society Show Results Arcadia, CA January 25, 2020 C. reticulata ‘TitleTown USA Southern California Camellia Society January 25-26, 2020 LA County Arboretum Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, California Show Chairman – Bradford King 519 Blooms Exhibited 893 Attendees 18 Exhibitors OUTSTANDING BLOOM CERTIFICATES SINGLE BLOOMS – NON-TREATED – Japonicas Lg/VLg: ‘Shiro Chan’, Jeffrey Thurnher RU: ‘Carter’s Sunburst’, Beth Stone ... Read More »

NCCC – 02-01-20

Northern California Camellia Council Show Results Sacramento, CA February 1, 2020 C. japonica ‘Margaret Davis’ Northern California Camellia Society February 1, 2020 Judges Symposium Elks Lodge Sacramento, California Show Chairman – Don Bergamini 297 Blooms Exhibited 18 Exhibitors OUTSTANDING BLOOM CERTIFICATES Best Bloom in Show unprotected: ‘Bella Jinhua’, Justin & Melissa Bergamini C. japonica unprotected: VLg: ‘Henry E. Huntington’, Helmuth ... Read More »

SDCS – 02-01-20

San Diego Camellia Society Show Results San Diego, CA February 1, 2020 C. japonica ‘Margaret Davis’ Southern California Camellia Society January 18, 2020 Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive La Canada-Flintridge, California Show Chairman – Bradford King 614 Blooms Exhibited 743 Attendees 17 Exhibitors OUTSTANDING BLOOM CERTIFICATES SINGLE BLOOMS – NON-TREATED – Japonicas Lg/VLg: ‘Marie Bracey’, Bill & Ellen Bach RU: ... Read More »

SCCS – 01-18-20

Southern California Camellia Society Show Results La Canada-Flintridge, CA January 18, 2020 C. reticulata ‘Frank Houser Variegated’ Southern California Camellia Society January 18, 2020 Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive La Canada-Flintridge, California Show Chairman – Bradford King 614 Blooms Exhibited 743 Attendees 17 Exhibitors OUTSTANDING BLOOM CERTIFICATES SINGLE BLOOMS – NON-TREATED – Japonicas Lg/VLg: ‘Carter’s Sunburst’, Beth Stone RU: ‘Junior ... 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 Printable form of Size Change List 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 ... Read More »

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