Camellias: new scents and seasons

Jerry Conrad, Juanita Popenoe


New camellia species and cultivars collected from China, Japan, and Korea offer a range of scents and fl owering seasons unknown in Camellia before. ‘Cinnamon Cindy’, ‘High Fragrance’, ‘Sweet Emily Kate’, ‘Fragrant Pink’, ‘Scentuous’, and ‘Scented Son’ are scented hybrid cultivars that grow well in central Florida and north. There are several new earlyseason flowering Camellia japonicas, ‘Early Autumn’, ‘Autumn Twilight’, and ‘Mark Chason’, which do not bullnose, a common problem with early japonicas, and bloom as early as September. A new species, C. cuspidata, has small sasanqua-type leaves and blooms, but blooms in February in full sun and is often called spring-blooming sasanqua.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283