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Camellia japonica 'April Blush' Camellia japonica 'April Blush' Camellia japonica 'April Dawn'
CF
3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot.
'April Blush' grows into the classic Camellia bush with deep green leaves, shell-pink and semi-double blooms. It sets buds freely, and flowers in mid-season. The relatively slow growth guarantees dense leaves and a plant of smaller stature.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Habit:
Bloom Time (NC):
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Dr. Tinsley'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
 

CF
2 year old plant = 1 gallon pot.
'April Blush' grows into the classic Camellia bush with deep green leaves, shell-pink and semi-double blooms. It sets buds freely, and flowers in mid-season. The relatively slow growth guarantees dense leaves and a plant of smaller stature.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Habit:
Bloom Time (NC):
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Dr. Tinsley'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.


CF
1 year old plant = 2 quart pot.
The candy-stripe flowers make this a unique plant for several reasons. The flowers are mostly white with a few deep pink streaks which makes it special; occasional branch sports will result in various color patterns such as half deep pink and half white flowers. The medium sized, formal double flowers are produced in profusion over a long season from mid to late season. The habit of the plant is upright and very vigorous. At first young plants will grow rapidly and after a few years they fill in very nicely. A five foot specimen in New Jersey has bloomed well for several years.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Habit:
Bloom Time (NC):
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Herme'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
Camellia japonica 'April Dawn' Camellia japonica 'April Dawn' Camellia japonica 'April Kiss'
CF
2 year old plant = 1 gallon pot.
The candy-stripe flowers make this a unique plant for several reasons. The flowers are mostly white with a few deep pink streaks which makes it special; occasional branch sports will result in various color patterns such as half deep pink and half white flowers. The medium sized, formal double flowers are produced in profusion over a long season from mid to late season. The habit of the plant is upright and very vigorous. At first young plants will grow rapidly and after a few years they fill in very nicely. A five foot specimen in New Jersey has bloomed well for several years.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Habit:
Bloom Time (NC):
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Herme'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.


CF
3 gallon pot.
The candy-stripe flowers make this a unique plant for several reasons. The flowers are mostly white with a few deep pink streaks which makes it special; occasional branch sports will result in various color patterns such as half deep pink and half white flowers. The medium sized, formal double flowers are produced in profusion over a long season from mid to late season. The habit of the plant is upright and very vigorous. At first young plants will grow rapidly and after a few years they fill in very nicely. A five foot specimen in New Jersey has bloomed well for several years.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Habit:
Bloom Time (NC):
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Herme'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
CF
3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot.
This vigorous grower has small pinkish-red formal blooms. It makes a very heavy bud-set and blooms at the beginning of the spring season. This is the earliest of the "April series", and with its heavy bloom makes a dependable display in the garden. It has upright growth and attractive glossy leaves.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Habit: Upright
Bloom Time (NC):
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Reg Ragland'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
Camellia japonica 'April Melody' Camellia japonica 'April Pink' Camellia japonica 'April Remembered'
CF

3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot. This compact, erect and moderate grower has single, small rose red blooms. 'April Melody' starts blooming early and extends over a long blooming season. This variety was selected because it is a strong grower and very cold hardy.

Hardy to USDA Zone 6B
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Rev. John Bennett'

A Camellia Forest Introduction.
CF
2 year old plant = 1 gallon pot.
Soft pink formal double flowers remind us of  'Pink Perfection', but the plant was one to survive -9ºF in 1985.   A few blooms start early with the peak bloom usually in March (mid-season) here in NC.   The many petals often shade darker at the edges while the numerous flowers make a good garden display.  The plant has a compact and upright growth habit, making it a nice, dense shrub.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Bloom Time (NC): March
Habit: Compact Upright
10 year growth:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Kumasaka'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
CF
3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot.
This vigorous upright grower with spreading branches has large, cream to pink shaded, semi-double flowers. The bud set is substantial, and the flowers are produced over a long period from early to late season. This selection is slightly larger in all respects and much hardier than its mother, 'Bernice Boddy'. I believe this to be one of the hardiest Camellias.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 6A
Habit: Upright Spreading
Bloom Time (NC):  April
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Dr. Tinsley'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
Camellia japonica 'April Remembered' Camellia japonica 'April Rose' Camellia japonica 'April Rose'
CF
2 year old plant = 1 gallon pot.
This vigorous upright grower with spreading branches has large, cream to pink shaded, semi-double flowers. The bud set is substantial, and the flowers are produced over a long period from early to late season. This selection is slightly larger in all respects and much hardier than its mother, 'Bernice Boddy'. I believe this to be one of the hardiest Camellias.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 6A
Habit: Upright Spreading
Bloom Time (NC):  April
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Dr. Tinsley'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
CF

1 year old plant = 2 quart pot.
This very compact and relatively slow-growing plant has rose-red formal double flowers. The medium sized blooms are very pretty and bloom late in the season. After the severe cold of January 1985, this was the only Camellia among thousands in our collections, to open flowers to any degree, and cold-induced dieback was not recorded in any of the three individuals in our test plots.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6A
Habit: Compact
Bloom Time (NC):  April
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Kumasaka'

A Camellia Forest Introduction.
CF

2 year old plant = 1 gallon pot.

This very compact and relatively slow-growing plant has rose-red formal double flowers.   The medium sized blooms are very pretty and bloom late in the season. After the severe cold of January 1985, this was the only Camellia among thousands in our collections, to open flowers to any degree, and cold-induced dieback was not recorded in any of the three individuals in our test plots.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6A
Habit: Compact
Bloom Time (NC):  April
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Kumasaka'

A Camellia Forest Introduction.

Camellia japonica 'April Rose' Camellia japonica 'April Tryst' Camellia japonica 'April Tryst'
CF

3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot.

This very compact and relatively slow-growing plant has rose-red formal double flowers. The medium sized blooms are very pretty and bloom late in the season. After the severe cold of January 1985, this was the only Camellia among thousands in our collections, to open flowers to any degree, and cold-induced dieback was not recorded in any of the three individuals in our test plots.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6A
Habit: Compact
Bloom Time (NC): April
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Kumasaka'

A Camellia Forest Introduction.
CF

1 year old plant = 2 quart pot.

An erect plant with a medium growth rate forms a nicely shaped plant with bright red, medium sized anemone-form flowers. It has a heavy bud-set and flowers over a long period in the middle to late part of the season. In many varieties, dense clusters of petaloids in the center of the flower are easily damaged by cold before the flower opens; however, this clone opens flowers of good quality after periods of very cold weather.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Habit: 
Bloom Time (NC):  April
10 year size:
Parentage: seedling of 'Yours Truly'

A Camellia Forest Introduction.
CF

2 year old plant = 1 gallon pot.

An erect plant with a medium growth rate forms a nicely shaped plant with bright red, medium sized anemone-form flowers. It has a heavy bud-set and flowers over a long period in the middle to late part of the season. In many varieties, dense clusters of petaloids in the center of the flower are easily damaged by cold before the flower opens; however, this clone opens flowers of good quality after periods of very cold weather.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Habit: 
Bloom Time (NC):  April
10 year size:
Parentage: seedling of 'Yours Truly'

A Camellia Forest Introduction.


Camellia japonica 'Ashton's High Rise' Camellia japonica 'Balustrade' Camellia japonica 'Betty Sette'
1 year old plant = 2 quart pot. This medium-sized rose form double flower is pinkish red. Dr. Ackerman, the originator, recommends this one for sites requiring a narrow, upright plant. The blooms open mi-season and the leaves are a deep dark green. Hardy to USDA Zone 6B Parentage: (C. japonica 'Billie McCaskill' X 'Variety Z') NEW (Zone 6A)-  this selection of. Camellia japonica was made at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, PA.  from the islands in the northwest corner of South Korea, seeds were collected by Barry Yinger, Sylvester march, Paul Meyer and Peter Bristol.  this variety has a very narrow, upright habit with branches angling upwards.  The original plant is 11 feet tall and 3 feet wide.  The small single flowers are a good scarlet red and the plant has flowered every year, with lustrous foliage. 3 year old plant = 3 gal pot.

This Dr. Ackerman selection has pink formal double flowers late in the season. The leaves tend to be dark green and somewhat rolled under making them appear rounded. The plant has slow and compact growth.

Hardy to USDA Zone 6B
Flower Form, Size: Formal Double, Medium
Habit:  Compact
Bloom (NC): April
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Frost Queen' X 'Variety Z'
Camellia japonica 'Bill Edwards' Camellia japonica 'Bill Edwards' Camellia japonica 'Bloomfield'
NEW, CF ‘Bill Edwards’ (zone 7) – One of our seedlings trialed by Bill Edwards in Clemmons, NC which has become an
outstanding plant. Besides having great foliage, the bloom season is extended and dependable. the semi-double flowers range
from white to red with many different pink striped patterns. White with red stripes, white with pink and red stripes, or pink
with white stripes are possible.
NEW, CF ‘Bill Edwards’ (zone 7) – One of our seedlings trialed by Bill Edwards in Clemmons, NC which has become an
outstanding plant. Besides having great foliage, the bloom season is extended and dependable. the semi-double flowers range
from white to red with many different pink striped patterns. White with red stripes, white with pink and red stripes, or pink
with white stripes are possible.
NEW!  (Zone 6a)-  This is the number one selection of cold hardy Korean Camellia japonica from the Morris Arboretum.  Dependably flowering every year, 'Bloomfield' has one of the showiest flower displays, the best foliage and an excellent form.  The original plant is 16 feet tall and 9 feet wide.  The small single flowers are scarlet red. limited supply of 6-12 inch tall plants.
Camellia japonica 'Classic Pink' Camellia japonica 'Classic Pink' Camellia japonica 'Classic Pink'
CF
1 year old plant = 2 quart pot.
This outstanding cold hardy variety has pale-pink formal double flowers very late in the season. The medium sized flowers usually open from early to late April here in NC. Almost as nice as the flowers is the very shiny narrow foliage. The plant has a slow growth rate with a tendency to form many branches so that the shrub develops into a upright rounded shape without pruning. This plant has a plant patent and has been released by several large nurseries.
Plant Patent #12,614

Zone: 6B
Habit: Upright, Rounded
Bloom (NC): Mid April
10 year size:
Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Kumasaka'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
2 year old plant = 1 gallon pot.
This outstanding cold hardy variety has pale-pink formal double flowers very late in the season. The medium sized flowers usually open from early to late April here in NC. Almost as nice as the flowers is the very shiny narrow foliage. The plant has a slow growth rate with a tendency to form many branches so that the shrub develops into a upright rounded shape without pruning. This plant has a plant patent and has been released by several large nurseries.
Plant Patent #12,614
Zone: 6B
Habit:  Upright, Rounded
Bloom (NC):  Mid April
10 year size:
Parentage:  'Bernice Boddy' X 'Kumasaka'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
CF
3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot.
This outstanding cold hardy variety has pale-pink formal double flowers very late in the season. The medium sized flowers usually open from early to late April here in NC. Almost as nice as the flowers is the very shiny narrow foliage. The plant has a slow growth rate with a tendency to form many branches so that the shrub develops into a upright rounded shape without pruning. This plant has a plant patent and has been released by several large nurseries.
Plant Patent #12,614
Zone: 6B
Habit:  Upright, Rounded
Bloom (NC):  Mid April
10 year size:
Parentage:  'Bernice Boddy' X 'Kumasaka'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
Camellia japonica 'Frost Queen' Camellia japonica 'Frost Queen' Camellia japonica 'Gov. Mouton'
1 year old plant = 2 quart pot.

This very nice white medium sized semi-double has glossy and dished leaves. The bloom season is mid to late and the plant is a moderate grower with upright and compact growth. This is a fine plant for the landscape and also a good seed parent for those of you doing hybridization. 'Frost Queen' was selected by Dr. Ackerman for cold-hardiness in a field trial of plants originating in northern Japan.

Hardy to USDA Zone 6B
1 year old plant = 2 quart pot.
This eighteenth century introduction survived our coldest winters and huge plants can be found in older gardens. The medium sized peony form flowers are an oriental red often with white splotches. The bloom season is early and the plant is vigorous with a slightly spreading growth habit.

Zone: 6B
Flower Form, Size:
Peony, Medium
Habit: Spreading
Bloom Time (NC): February
10 Year Size:
Parentage:
Camellia japonica 'Higo-hagoromo' Camellia japonica 'Ice Follies' Camellia japonica 'Ice Follies'


Flowers are large, deep red, and open flat with a large spreading column of anthers in the Higo form. The flowers are sometimes variously anemone form. The growth rate is moderate with a somewhat spreading habit and thick leaves. With a mid-season bloom, this cultivar is also very cold hardy

Hardy to USDA Zone 7
The bright pink flowers of 'Ice Follies' are large and semi-double and appear in mid to late season. The plant has upright growth. (Zone 6b) [2 quart]
The bright pink flowers of 'Ice Follies' are large and semi-double and appear in mid to late season. The plant has upright growth. (Zone 6b) [3 gallon pot]