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by T. Savige, Australia – The practice of disbudding (removing surplus flower buds from plants) is as old as horticulture itself and based upon the simple mathematical principle that the fewer divisions made in any substance, the larger each will be. Theoretically, it presupposes that a plant can produce only a certain total quantity of blooms satisfactorily; consequently, if better ... Read More »

Pruning the Camellia Plant

by Harold L. Paige, Lafayette, CA & C. Norwood Hastie, Jr., Charleston, SC –   Careful and scientific pruning of camellias has now become an accepted part of their culture and care, although proper pruning is perhaps the most neglected phase of camellia culture today. Perhaps the practice would be more freely employed if the grower gave more thought to ... Read More »

Camellia Note Cards

A few decades ago, Paul Jones was commissioned to paint camellias at the internationally renowned Huntington Gardens in San Marino, California. His paintings are exquisite, and they are sure to please camellia fanciers. They make wonderful gifts for your fellow camellia lovers, and they are suitable for framing. 8 Camellia Notecards, $8     US or International Shipping with US ... Read More »

Sun Camellias

48 pages of information about camellias that do quite well growing in the sun. Includes articles from a 1955 edition of The Camellia Review, suggested uses for sun camellias as bonsai, hedges, pots and baskets, a shopper’s guide, a list of camellia nurseries and lots of photos. Individual copies are $10, US shipping $2.50. For international shipping, contact Bobbie Belcher. ... Read More »

PCS – 01-11-20

Pacific Camellia Society Show Results La Canada-Flintridge, CA January 11, 2020 C. reticulata ‘Linda Carol’ Pacific Camellia Society January 11, 2020 Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive La Canada-Flintridge, California Show Chairman – Karen Harrison 511 Blooms Exhibited 1500 Attendees 14 Exhibitors > SINGLE BLOOMS – NON-TREATED Japonicas Lg/VLg: ‘Easter Morn’, George & Karen Harrison RU: ‘Tata’, Jeffrey Thurnher COH: ‘Nuccio’s ... Read More »


Join the Southern California Camellia Society! Annual dues are $35, running from July 1 to June 30 of the following calendar year. Dues include a subscription to the Camellia Review, published three times a year. A) Join On-line Membership Membership (US) $35.00 USDMembership (Outside US) $40.00 USDSponsoring Member $50.00 USDSustaining Member $100.00 USDPatron Member $150.00 USD B) Traditional Membership Application ... Read More »

SCCS Monthly Meetings 2013/2014

Monthly meetings fall on the fourth Thursday of the month (except November) and are held at the Arboretum in Arcadia. October 24 – Sun Camellias: Beautiful Evergreen Landscape Camellias * November 21 — Camellia Family Trees: Famous Mutations and Sports* December — no meeting January 23 — Tom Nuccio will Discuss and Show the most Beautiful Camellias in Bloom February ... Read More »

Camellia Soil Mixes for Landscape and Containers

By Brad King — Camellias prefer a well-drained soil that is high in humus and slightly acid. A PH of 7 or less is acceptable but 5.5 to 6.5 are ideal. The use of coarse peat moss or oak leaf mold provides humus and the acid condition. When either is mixed in equal parts with “sharp” or “potting” sand a ... Read More »

Welcome to the Southern California Camellia Society

The Southern California Camellia Society was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1946 by a group of camellia lovers who wanted to share their enthusiasm about this evergreen  plant with its beautiful blooms. Over the years those original founders and their successors have been instrumental in importing reticulatas from China, japonicas from Japan and, more recently, scions and seeds from ... Read More »

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