C. japonica 'Lester M. Allen'

greenguy1(z7 Maryland)March 10, 2008

I bought a C. japonica this weekend which is tagged with the cultivar name 'Lester M. Allen.' It has a 4 1/2" to 5" ruffled, semi-double, pale blush pink flower with a yellow center of mostly normal stamens with an occasional petaloid one. Tag lists it as having good cold hardiness, and I did find a list from the master gardeners in Gloucester, VA, recommending C. japonica 'Lester A. Allen' (wondering if the middle initial is a typo or error) as one for southwestern Virginia gardens and showing it as having zone 7A hardiness. Does anybody have experience with this one? Thanks.

- Steve

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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Hmmm. Gloucester, VA is in the Southeast part of VA and is quite mild. I've never heard of this variety. Where did you buy it?

    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 2:58PM
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greenguy1(z7 Maryland)

Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, MD. Only an hour or less from NoVa, they have a very wide selection of camellias.

- Steve

    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 8:12PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Must check out Homestead sometime! Though it's a bit of a drive. I'm closer to Merrifield, Craven, Amer. Plant Food Co., etc.

Also, The Cam. Soc of the Potomac Valley is having a sale at Brookside Gardens March 29-30, I believe. There will be hardy varieties, including Ackerman hybrids.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 7:58AM
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