Selections from the Camellia Collection at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selections from the Camellia Collection at the Washington Park Arboretum, March 11 - 24, 2019
Joanna Long
Selections from the Camellia Collection at the Washington Park Arboretum, March 11 – 24, 2019

1)   Camellia japonica  ‘Willmeta’

  • This light pink Camellia is reminiscent of an apple blossom.
  • Will and Meta Jensen brought this cultivar with them as a seedling from Holland and the specific epithet is a combination of their first names.

2)   Camellia japonica  ‘Amabilis’

  • This white Camellia has impressively large single blossoms.
  • ‘Amabilis’ is a French cultivar originating in Nantes in the 1820s.
  • Donald G. Graham, the longtime supporter of the Washington Park Arboretum, donated this plant to the collection in 1940.

3)   Camellia japonica  ‘Shunshoko’

  • ‘Shunshoko’ is a Japanese cultivar first advertised in nursery catalogs in the 1930s.
  • The light pink and white flowers are semi-double.
  • The Arboretum’s Camellia Collection contains almost 400 individual plants, including over 150 Camellia japonica cultivars.

4)   Camellia japonica ‘Ecstacy’

  • This cultivar boasts bright pink double blooms.
  • Our three specimens date back to the 1940s.
  • These and all the featured camellias can be found in the Camellia Collection along Arboretum Drive at the south end of the park.

5)   Camellia japonica  (Cultivar unknown)

  • Camellia japonica is native to Japan and China where cultivars have been bred and selected for hundreds of years. There are now thousands of cultivars worldwide.
  • Accession 2088-38-A, located on the west side of Arboretum Drive across from parking lot 5, is an unknown cultivar donated by Mrs. Palmer, a founding member of the Arboretum Foundation in 1938.
  • The semi-double blooms are a dark fuchsia color.