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Camellia japonica 'April Blues' Camellia japonica 'April Blush' Camellia japonica 'April Dawn'
(Zone 6A)- NEW! The newest introduction for Dr. Clifford parks cold hardy breeding line. This is a late blooming formal double that is rose-red in warm weather; but when it blooms in cool spring weather the medium sized flowers can be a bluish pink to purple color. The plant is vigor and upright to spreading in habit. The original plant survived the winter of 1985 when temperatures dropped to -9F and the plant is very resistant to winter cold.
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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
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Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Dr. Tinsley'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
 
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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):
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Parentage: 'Bernice Boddy' X 'Herme'
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
Camellia japonica 'April Dawn' Camellia japonica 'April Kiss' Camellia japonica 'April Melody'
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.
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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.
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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'

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Camellia japonica 'April Pink' Camellia japonica 'April Remembered' Camellia japonica 'April Remembered'
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3 year old plant = 3 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.
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1 year old plant = 2 quart 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.

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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 Rose' Camellia japonica 'April Rose' Camellia japonica 'April Tryst'
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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.
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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.
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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
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Parentage: seedling of 'Yours Truly'

A Camellia Forest Introduction.
Camellia japonica 'April Tryst' Camellia japonica 'Classic Pink' Camellia japonica 'Classic Pink'
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3 year old plant = 3 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.
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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.
Camellia japonica 'Classic Pink' Camellia japonica 'Korean Snow' Camellia japonica 'Korean Snow'
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.
1 year old plant = 2 qt. pot.

This is one of the seedlings grown from seeds collected at the northern range of Camellia in Korea. This is similar to other cold hardy Korean selections but the single flowers have pure white petals. The leaves are dark glossy green and rounded as the edges of the leaf tend to curl under. The blooms open early in the season. For those of you in colder areas this is probably the best choice for a white spring bloomer.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6?
Flower Form, Size: Single, medium
Habit: Upright and Open
Bloom Time (NC): February
10 year size:
Parentage:

3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot.

This is one of the seedlings grown from seeds collected at the northern range of Camellia in Korea. This is similar to other cold hardy Korean selections but the single flowers have pure white petals. The leaves are dark glossy green and rounded as the edges of the leaf tend to curl under. The blooms open early in the season. For those of you in colder areas this is probably the best choice for a white spring bloomer.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6?
Flower Form, Size: Single, medium
Habit: Upright and Open
Bloom Time (NC): February
10 year size:
Parentage:

Camellia japonica 'Lilliputian' = Tiny Tot Camellia japonica 'Optical Illusion' Camellia japonica 'Pink Champagne'
‘Lilliputian’ (zone 6B) – In the mid 1980’s Barry Yinger collected seed from Camellias grown near the demilitarized
zone in South Korea. These have turned out to be some of the most cold hardy Camellias available. This seedling from
that collection has grown very slowly with a more spreading habit. We expect this to reach about two feet tall and four feet wide over ten years. The miniature flowers are a red single that starts blooming very early in the fall despite having C. japonica as a
parent. The cold hardiness is untested but we expect good hardiness. 'Lilliputian' is the new name for Tiny Tot; Tiny Tot has been used for another Camellia already.
NEW, CF ‘Optical Illusion’ (zone 9) – Selected from the same batch of seeds as ‘Solstice’, this yellow flowered Camellia
has long, strap-like petals that can be arranged in a somewhat spiral pattern, similar to ‘October Affair’. The creamy yellow
flowers are formal double with pink overtones. The striking flower makes this worthwhile for a cool greenhouse or in a mild
climate such as Florida or California. The plant will take some freezing but flower buds are quite tender. A strong plant with
thin light green leaves.
Camellia japonica 'Red Aurora' Camellia japonica 'Red Aurora' Camellia japonica 'Red Jade'
The semi-double to rose-form flowers are large and of a strong, rich red with a hint of pink and are produced in the middle of the Camellia bloom season. The upright form with spreading branches is almost as wide as it is tall, and it is very hardy. The leaves are relatively large. (‘Snowbell’ × ‘Midnight’) Zone 6B A Camellia Forest Introduction
3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot The semi-double to rose-form flowers are large and of a strong, rich red with a hint of pink and are produced in the middle of the Camellia bloom season. The upright form with spreading branches is almost as wide as it is tall, and it is very hardy. The leaves are relatively large. (‘Snowbell’ × ‘Midnight’) Zone 6B A Camellia Forest Introduction CF
3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot.
One of a few Camellias to survive the -9oF cold in 1985, this plant bears small to medium, light red, semi-double flowers in great profusion. The flowers start to open early in the season which is usually in late January or February for us. Since the plant makes so many buds it can still be blooming in early April. This moderate grower forms a nicely shaped bush with a compact habit. ('Bernice Boddy' x 'Midnight'
) Zone 6B A Camellia Forest Introduction
Camellia japonica 'Red Jade' Camellia japonica 'Rose Twilight' Camellia japonica 'Sarah Catherine'
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1 year old plant = 2 quart pot. One of a few Camellias to survive the -9oF cold in 1985, this plant bears small to medium, light red, semi-double flowers in great profusion. The flowers start to open early in the season which is usually in late January or February for us. Since the plant makes so many buds it can still be blooming in early April. This moderate grower forms a nicely shaped bush with a compact habit. ('Bernice Boddy' x 'Midnight') Hardy to USDA Zone 6B A Camellia Forest Introduction
CF ‘Sarah Catherine’ (zone 7A) – One of the first seedlings from my D. Clifford Parks’ breeding program, which he started in the early 1960’s. ‘Sarah Catherine’ has a medium-sized semi-double flower of the pales pink. Starting in December it starts blooming and continues to bloom into March. Bud hardiness is excellent as it opens flowers after harder freezes quickly once temperatures moderate.
Camellia japonica 'Spring Song' Camellia japonica 'Spring Song' Camellia japonica 'Spring's Promise'
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3 year plant = 3 gallon pot
From a plant breeder’s point of view this plant is a mystery because the parent plant is not exceptionally hardy and very rarely even makes seeds. 'Spring Song' makes small light pink flowers which open to a trumpet shape. The foliage is quite delicate and it blooms early in the season. (seedling of 'Sukiya')

Zone: 6A
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
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From a plant breeder’s point of view this plant is a mystery because the parent plant is not exceptionally hardy and very rarely even makes seeds. 'Spring Song' makes small light pink flowers which open to a trumpet shape. The foliage is quite delicate and it blooms early in the season. (seedling of 'Sukiya')

Zone: 6A
A Camellia Forest Introduction.
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1 year old plant = 2 qt pot.
The rose-red, medium sized, single flowers are produced in late fall, during warm periods in the middle of winter and into the early spring; thus the promise of spring. 'Spring’s Promise' was selected for use in the garden landscape because of its excellent upright and compact plant form, tendency to flower freely and tolerance of sites with slightly poor drainage.

Zone: 6B
A Camellia Forest Introduction.