Mystery Camellia

donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)January 1, 2008

I cut away a sucker from a friend's garden about a year ago. She has since lost her original plant. (The neighbor's herbicide drifted. What a heartbreak.) Her home's former owner was the "camellia queen" here in our town, and I have a feeling this plant is something very special. It's definitely not a japonica. The leaves look like my Donation, but a deeper green, and it's habit is unusual. The branches grow straight out from the trunk, horizontal to the ground. It's too small to bloom yet, but it is growing much more rapidly than my japonicas do. The blooms are a formal double and are a rich wine (not purple and not red. Wine.) color.

Does anyone have any idea what it might be, or can you recommend a source whereby I might identify it?

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Oh yes, it was a late bloomer too. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2008 at 10:11PM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Camellia Black Lace perhaps?

Here is a link that might be useful: Sample Picture

    Bookmark   January 2, 2008 at 11:31PM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Or Camellia Royal Velvet?

Here is a link that might be useful: Sample Picture

    Bookmark   January 2, 2008 at 11:33PM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Or Camellia Blood Of China?

Here is a link that might be useful: Sample picture

    Bookmark   January 2, 2008 at 11:42PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Black Lace is the closest, but the blooms definitely had more petals than that. I knew I was asking an extremely tough question. When it blooms, I will post a picture.
THANKS, luis. You're awfully good to respond to so many questions. How did you get so smart?

    Bookmark   January 3, 2008 at 10:20PM
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