My new Camellia sasanqua seedling: Yuri Panchul YP0044, tentative name ‘Sunnyvale Carnival’. It was praised by well-known nurserymen and camellia collectors Tom Nuccio, Daniel Charvet and Brad King.
The seed parent of this plant is C. x hiemalis ‘Kanjiro’ and the pollen parent is probably C. sasanqua ‘Bert Jones’, since it grows next to Kanjiro in my garden and the seedling’s flower size and globular shape has some features of ‘Bert Jones’.
I came to this name after I went with my oldest son Albert Panchul to Christmas park in San Jose, the largest city in Silicon Valley, and my son got excited by the festivities. When he saw the carousel and people, he shouted “Look! It’s a Carnival!” When I saw the flower, I remembered the episode and the name stuck.
‘Sunnyvale Carnival’ is a strong, spreading, fast growing plant with big shiny leaves and large globular flowers, a combination of white and pink. It can grow in full sun, but grows optimally in partial sun location.
A couple years ago I went to Nuccio’s and Tom Nuccio gave me a scion of a rare Camellia sasanqua ‘Panaché de Gaujacq’, This is only one of four striped sasanquas I ever saw: ‘Stars’N’Stripes’ from Nuccio’s, ‘Autumn Carnival’ from Camellia Forest Nursery, ‘Panaché de Gaujacq’ and my own seedling Yuri Panchul #YP0108. Such varigation is caused by genetical mutations, unlike virus-induced variegation of blotched sasanquas. Today I got the first bloom of ‘Panaché de Gaujacq’ in my garden. Enjoy!
I made this picture in the morning light:
I made this picture in the evening light:
I got a new striped Camellia sasanqua seedling in my garden. Right now its name is #0108. Striped sasanquas are rare so it is an important find.
I observed only two other striped sasanquas – ‘Stars’N’Stripes’ from Nuccio’s Nurseries and ‘Autumn Carnival’ from Camellia Forest Nursery. #0108 is a seedling of ‘Stars’N’Stripes’. The seedling is more sun-tolerant and has smaller leaves than its parent. In terms of flower shape ‘Stars’N’Stripes’ is more consistently nicer, but #108 has some nice-looking flowers as well.
‘Autumn Carnival’ from Camellia Forest Nursery differs from ‘Stars’N’Stripes’ and #0108 in lighter color. I ordered three plans from Camellia Forest Nursery but was not able to grow them. They are either very sensitive to overwatering or very sensitive to the chemical the nursery puts to them to kill fire ants before shipping from North Carolina to California.
Anyway, here is #108:
For the comparison, here is ‘Stars’N’Stripes’ from Nuccio’s Nurseries:
And two (bad) pictures of ‘Autumn Carnival’ from Camellia Forest Nursery: