Camellia japonica ‘Isabel’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. Camden Park bred, seedling 32/51.  ‘Pure white, smallish size, perfectly double and regular to centre, petals well shaped, moderate substance, incurved, smaller buds of better form than old Double white.  Beautiful flower.’  William Macarthur.  [MP A2948-6].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘In the Camden Park printed list for 1850 “Isabella” is given and provided with an asterisk to indicate that it was a seedling, however, in their 1857 list the name is replaced by “Isabel”’.  [CQ].  Waterhouse appears to be referring to the ABHSR of 1849/50, not a Camden Park catalogue, as neither of these names appear in any of the 1850 catalogues that I have seen.  On its first appearance, in the 1857 catalogue, it is called ‘Isabel’.  It was distributed under both names and was still in existence in the 1940s.  [CQ].

History at Camden Park

First described in 1851 and listed in the 1857 catalogue [T.237/1857].  It is a very late bloomer.  In an article in the Horticultural Magazine and Gardeners’ Calendar [1870] Sir William is quoted as saying that the well known ‘Isabella’ was a Camden Park seedling, together with a host of others to be found in our nurserymen’s catalogues.


Published Jun 28, 2009 - 05:00 PM | Last updated Aug 10, 2011 - 05:18 PM

More details about Camellia japonica ‘Isabel’
Family Theaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Camden Park

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica ‘Isabel’

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