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Camellia japonica ‘Candidissima’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. The flowers of ‘Candidissima’ are pure white, very double, the petals being regularly arranged, resembling a dahlia.  [ICR].  ‘Flower very large, four inches or more in diameter, full, of a very pure white, petals regularly imbricated, and resemble, very much, those of the double white Camellia, and are in number from seventy to seventy-five, broad, a little crenated at the summit, and diminish in width in proportion as they approach towards the centre.-Magnificent.’  [Berlèse Monography p.47/1838].  Berlèse Iconographie vol.I pl.25/1841.  

Horticultural & Botanical History

It was imported from Japan in 1829 and first grown by Donckelaer in Belgium.  [ICR].  [See also T.219].  A large sale of Camellias by Loddiges’ nursery, Hackney, included ‘Candidissima’.  A potted specimen, ‘12 feet high, one of Messrs.  Loddiges’ earliest importations’, sold for 20 pounds.  [GC 1848].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.205/1850], it was probably obtained from Loddiges’ nursery.  It was included among desiderata in a letter dated 16th April 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.147].


Published Jun 21, 2009 - 01:19 PM | Last updated Aug 12, 2011 - 02:51 PM

Shown are white, very double flowers, the petals being regularly arranged, resembling a dahlia.  Berlèse v.1 pl.25.

Camellia japonica 'Candidissima' | Berlèse v.1 pl.25 | BHL


Family Theaceae
Region of origin

Japan, garden origin

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica candidissima  


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