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Camellia japonica ‘Imbricata Alba’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. ‘Flower three and a half inches in diameter, spheroidal, very full and forming a regular rose, the petals of which diminish in size towards the centre, and are mutually imbricated from the centre to the circumference, each has a free border, a little sinuous, entire, two lines broad in the centre and augmenting to twenty-five lines in the periphery; they are white with distinct red or white stripes.-Magnificent.’  [Berlèse Monography p.88/1838].  See also Camellia japonica L. var. imbricata.

Horticultural & Botanical History

It was bred by Hugh Low in England about 1833 from ‘Alba Simplex’.  [FC p.154/1836].  Berlèse Iconographie vol.I pl.40/1841.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.233/1843].  A plant was presented to the Sydney Botanic Garden on December 24th 1845 [RBGS AB].


Published Jun 27, 2009 - 04:57 PM | Last updated Aug 10, 2011 - 05:29 PM

Figured is a double white camellia with regularly imbricated petals streaked red.  Berlèse Iconographie vol 1 pl.40, 1841.

Camellia japonica 'Imbricata Alba' | Berlèse vol 1 pl.40/1841 | BHL


Family Theaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica imbricata alba  


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