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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 SocietyJanuary 18, 2020 Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive La Canada-Flintridge, California Show Chairman – Bradford King 614 Blooms Exhibited 743 Attendees 17 ExhibitorsOUTSTANDING BLOOM CERTIFICATES SINGLE BLOOMS – NON-TREATED – Japonicas Lg/VLg: ‘Carter’s Sunburst’, Beth Stone RU: ‘Junior Prom’, Beth ... Read More »


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 »

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 »

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 »


Our busy season starts with the annual Southern California Camellia Council Camellia Judges Symposium being held at Descanso Gardens. Then on the following week the camellias shows begin and we see those camellia friends we’ve missed during the past few months. JUDGES SYMPOSIUM AGENDA FOR JANUARY 10, 2015 WELCOME: GOALS AND OBJECTIVES JUDGING RULES AND DIRECTIVES BREAK with refreshments BLOOM ... Read More »

History – Camellia Review

For the first five years of the existence of the SCCS, post cards and then a single sheet were sent out as meeting notices. The first two page leaflet containing some camellia notes was published in January of 1945. This was labeled Vol. V, No.3 for the following reason which is a reprint from Vol. VIII (April 1947) quote: ~”The ... Read More »

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