Variegation or virus?

token28001(zone7b NC)September 28, 2009

It's coming from the stump of an unknown camellia. It was hard pruned two years ago and is the only limb with this coloring. Is it harmful?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Variegation due to virus. It will come and go. Seldom important.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2009 at 11:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The virus that causes this type of variegation is generally not harmful to your plants. It causes foliage variegation like the one in your image and flower variegation. If a plant's flower would normally be solid red, one that has been infected with the virus would have red flowers with some white blotching. Variegation can be spread by grafting, and in the camellia world, more times than not, it was spread purposely. I would not worry about it at all. Your plant looks very healthy.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2009 at 7:34AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

The effect looks pretty on the leaves though. Reminds me of some tropicals plants.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2009 at 8:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have virus infected camellias and true variegation on a few camellias as well. This looks like variegation. It's mainly on 1 side of the stem. Try to encourage growth from the variegated side and propagate from that. This variety has a consistent variegation quite different from the viruses I see on Camellias. Of course only a lab test tells for sure.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2009 at 9:12PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
camellia identity
First off let me introduce and tell you a little bit...
Recent visit to flower market in China
Lot's of Camellias Part 1 of 2 But this is a rose.
Camellia shelter - dropped blooms and damaged buds (cold)
I have a Camellia bed planted under the edge of my...
winter snowman ice angels camellia in Massachusetts
Hi all, I would love to have a camellia in my new yard...
The 'Real' Mathotiana?
I'm trying to get a handle on my camellia varieties,...
Sponsored Products
Multicolor Swirl Hooked Wool Rug
Cost Plus World Market
AFD Home Variegated Sun Mirror
Beyond Stores
Nourison Area Rug: Craftwork Violet 7' 6" x 9' 6"
Home Depot
Zen Mini Pendant by Fredrick Ramond
$599.00 | Lumens
Worlds Away - Suzy White Marble Silver Side Table - SUZY SW
Great Furniture Deal
Safavieh Nino Dark Beige Side Chairs (Set of 2)
Nikko/G Outdoor Wall Sconce by LBL Lighting
$240.00 | Lumens
Nourison Runner Rug: Craftwork Autumn 2' 3" x 7' Oval
Home Depot
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™