A new Sasanqua seedling that attracts attention with bright globular shape flowers

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.

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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A new sasanqua seedling with flat formal double pink flower and upright growth habit

A new Camellia sasanqua seedling originated by Yuri Panchul (Yuri Panchul #0138). The flower is pink, formal double, quite flat and relatively small (45-50 mm). The leaves are on smaller side (45×25 mm), the branches are sturdy and the growth habit is upright. A similar cultivar is ‘Chansonette’ but ‘Chansonette’ has flexible branches with spreading, almost weeping habit, larger flowers and leaves. Another similar cultivar is ‘Enishi’ but ‘Enishi’ branching habit is spreading and generally more chaotic.

Новый сеянец камелии горной (Camellia sasanqua), временное обозначение Yuri Panchul #0138. Автор – Юрий Панчул (Yuri Panchul). Цветок розовый, махрово-декоративной формы, довольно плоский и сравнительно небольшой (45-50 мм). Листья небольшие (45×25 мм), ветви крепкие, растет вертикально. Похожий культивар – ‘Chansonette’, но ‘Chansonette’ растет раскидисто, напоминая плакучую иву, его цветы и листья больше по размеру. Другой похожий культивар – ‘Enishi’, но у ‘Enishi’ более раскидистые и вообще несколько хаотично растущие ветки.

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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)

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'
Camellia sasanqua ‘Midnight Lover’

Featured giveaway – ‘Miss Ed’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Miss Ed’ is a very unreliable beauty. Sometimes (like 1 time out of 100) you get a strikingly beautiful flower from this plant, but 99 times out of 100 you don’t. Most ‘Miss Ed’ flowers suffer from a combination of not particularly well-formed petals with deformed stamens. I don’t mind the absence of stamens in reliable formal double plants like ‘Chansonette’, but if the stamens are present at all, they should look good. Unfortunately with ‘Miss Ed’ they usually don’t. In addition, I am not impressed with its growth habit – generally upright with somewhat chaotic branching and spreading. Having said that, I can show that sometimes ‘Miss Ed’ does looks good:

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Featured annual giveaway: ‘Gingetsu Perkins’

I got this plant from Tom Nuccio. Tom told me that he got it from a person named Perkins under the name ‘Gingetsu’. Obviously this plant is not ‘Gingetsu’ because the real ‘Gingetsu’ is a well-known white Camellia sasanqua, from Higo-sazanka group of cultivars, originated in Japanese province of Kumamoto.

I suspect this misnamed ‘Gingetsu Perkins’ might be a cross between C. sasanqua and C. reticulata. Its flower size is unusually big for sasanqua, but it has a good sun tolerange. It is also fast growing, upright and somewhat loose. It is much easier to cross C. sasanqua with C. reticulata than to cross C. sasanqua with C. japonica because of their chromosome counts. Both C. sasanqua and C. reticulata usually have 90 chromosomes, while C. japonica – just 30. For more information about Camellia chromosomes see Camellia sasanqua botany (with pictures).

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One of my ‘Gingetsu Perkins’ plants got what looks like a bud mutation, and produced a flower with petaloids:

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