Cinnamon Cindy (single form) & Dr. William Ackerman
I was recently shown at a friend's nursery an especially nice small single camellia bloom with a particularly sweet & powerful fragrance and told that it was Cinnamon Cindy. I looked at my friend (Kathy Van Veen, proprietor of Van Veen Nursery of Rhododendron fame) and said, "I've grown Cinnamon Cindy for some years and it doesn't look like that". Kathy replied, "Well, I got it from Dr. Ackerman- that's what HE said it was." Since Ackerman had hybridized & registered CC, I didn't know what to say so I dropped it at that point. The following day, however, I took my peony-form CC (matching the nomenclature book description) to Kathy and said, "What about this?" Kathy laughed and said, "Oh, that's the Cinnamon Cindy double form" and led me to another spot on her property where, sure enough, the registered peony-form CC was blooming (not growing nearly as vigorously as the single but surviving nonetheless). Kathy then produced from her records (this person is WELL organized) a handwritten letter from Dr. Ackerman in 1991
mentioning CC double form AND CC single form and saying they were crosses of Lutchuenensis and either japonica or rusticana. Well, we know there's only one registered Cinnamon Cindy (1973) & we know that's not a single. My question is, does anyone know of another small, cup shaped, pale pink to white fragrant single with a large boss of yellow stamens that Dr. Ackerman might have registered under another name. Or, does anyone know of whom I might ask? This is a lovely vigorous camellia that, if not registered & distributed, certainly deserves to be. Thank you for reading.