Size of Camellia leaves

fairfield8619(Zone 8 NW LA)October 25, 2011

This is another foundling about to be bulldozed for a church. It is growing along the fenceline of an abandoned lot- no houses have been on this street since the early seventies. The plant is about to die and I have layered it but that is out I'm sure. I went and took 92 cuttings- some tip and some leaf-bud and used Clonex. They are in my propagator.

The leaves are the biggest I've seen considering no care and extreme drought this year. It even set a few flower buds. Is this a just a japonica with big leaves or are there other species with large leaves? Amazingly there is virtually no scale! In desperation I probably took half of the green foliage maybe it will live on until I see if these root. It's probably nothing special but this is an older neighborhood so you just don't know. Some of the leaves are bigger than this- almost covered my hand!

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mlb86

I am guessing that it is a japonica variety. Maybe the old cultivar Latifolia?

    Bookmark   October 30, 2011 at 8:07PM
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fairfield8619(Zone 8 NW LA)

Thanks, I looked it up and latifolia does have large leaves. This is very old so who knows what it is. I took 92 cutttings- some tip and some leafbud- I will be happy if I get ONE to root! Did this before on an old one- took about 75 cuttings and five rooted- very satisfied considering the no care or water or fertilizer. I used clonex this time so maybe these may do better? Never used it before.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 10:49AM
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okintos

The leaves you see in the picture, are typical of the specie Camellia japonica. There are many varieties of Camellia japonica with large leaves. Regards.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 8:43AM
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