‘Panaché de Gaujacq’ – one of only four striped sasanquas I ever saw

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:

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I made this picture in the evening light:

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The former King of Red among sasanquas, Camellia x vernalis ‘Yuletide’

Camellia x vernalis ‘Yuletide’. Before ‘Mieko Tanaka’ appeared, ‘Yuletide’ was the closest to true red color cultivar in C. sasanqua group. Originated by Nuccio’s Nurseries, California in 1963. A seedling of ‘Hiryu’.


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‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost

One December morning (to be precise on the morning of December 9, 2009), I went to my garden and saw this beautiful scene: a Camellia sasanqua ‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost. Don’t you think it is a Winter Wonderland? This camellia is actually not a cultivar but a selection of C. sasanqua growing in the forest in the northern part of Shikoku Island. It was collected and propagated by David or Clifford Parks from Camellia Forest Nursery:

Camellia sasanqua 'Shikoku Stars' under the frost
Camellia sasanqua ‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost
Camellia sasanqua 'Shikoku Stars' under the frost
Camellia sasanqua ‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost
Camellia sasanqua 'Shikoku Stars' under the frost
Camellia sasanqua ‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost
Camellia sasanqua 'Shikoku Stars' under the frost
Camellia sasanqua ‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost
Camellia sasanqua 'Shikoku Stars' under the frost
Camellia sasanqua ‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost
Camellia sasanqua 'Shikoku Stars' under the frost
Camellia sasanqua ‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost
Camellia sasanqua 'Shikoku Stars' under the frost
Camellia sasanqua ‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost
Camellia sasanqua 'Shikoku Stars' under the frost
Camellia sasanqua ‘Shikoku Stars’ under the frost

A new striped Camellia sasanqua seedling #0108

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:

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For the comparison, here is ‘Stars’N’Stripes’ from Nuccio’s Nurseries:

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And two (bad) pictures of ‘Autumn Carnival’ from Camellia Forest Nursery:

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Camellia sasanqua ‘Midnight Lover’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Midnight Lover’. A new introduction from Camellia Forest Nursery. The color is crimson pink, not true red like in ‘Yuletide’ and ‘Mieko Tanaka’. The flower shape is interestingly asymmetrical. This is a nice plant, but I will probably give it to somebody since 1) I already have both reds (‘Yuletide’, ‘Mieko Tanaka’) and dark pinks (‘Reverend Ida’, ‘Bonanza’) and 2) it does not fit into my hybridizing program (I am interested in small leaves and variegation)

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Camellia sasanqua ‘Midnight Lover’
Camellia sasanqua 'Midnight Lover'
Camellia sasanqua ‘Midnight Lover’
Camellia sasanqua 'Midnight Lover'
Camellia sasanqua ‘Midnight Lover’
Camellia sasanqua 'Midnight Lover'
Camellia sasanqua ‘Midnight Lover’
Camellia sasanqua 'Midnight Lover'
Camellia sasanqua ‘Midnight Lover’
Camellia sasanqua 'Midnight Lover'
Camellia sasanqua ‘Midnight Lover’