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Camellia japonica ‘Rose coloured’

A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. No detailed description is extant.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

Camellia japonica cv. ‘like Waratah’ and the rose coloured camellia are included in a number of lists of plants sold but never appear in the catalogues.  Macarthur describes ‘like Waratah’ as a variety from China in a letter to George Anstey of Melbourne to whom he sent plants.  [MP A2933-2, p.171].  The rose-coloured Camellia was likewise described as ‘from China’ when sent to J. Abbott of Hobart on 6th August 1846.  [MP A2933-2, p.181].  It is possible that ‘double pink’, double red’, ‘rose coloured’ and ‘like Waratah’ were all obtained as unnamed varieties directly from China.


Published Jul 04, 2009 - 04:26 PM | Last updated Sep 05, 2011 - 05:29 PM

Family Theaceae
Region of origin


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Camellia japonica var. rose coloured 

Confidence level medium