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VERY COLD HARDY CAMELLIAS
Fact Sheet No.1 5
As a result of interest in camellias that are very cold hardy there have been a number of new camellia
introductions that have been tested and proven hardy for Zone 6 plantings. Some of these require a protected location
and may occasionally experience damage to flower buds during extreme cold weather. However, the plants have proven
hardy after a number of years of testing at various sites in the northeast. Dr. William Ackerman of Ashton, Md., a retired
U.S.D.A. plant breeder and Dr. Clifford Parks, a botanist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have introduced
the varieties described below.
Fall blooming camellia hybrids - These varieties are the result of crosses made by Dr. Ackerman using a very cold
hardy selection of C. oleifera with C. sasanqua or C. hiemalis (fall blooming species) These varieties bloom in mid-Autumn and
are quite attractive for the landscape. They have withstood winter temperatures of -10°F with little or no damage.
'Polar Ice' - White, 3 1/2inch diameter, anemone form. 12 petals and 89 petaloids.
'Snow Flurry' - White, 3 1/2 inch diameter, peony form. 12 petals and 18 petaloids.
- Glowing shell pink with very light pink petaloids near center, 3 inch diameter,
peony form. 19 petals and 7
'Winter's Charm' - Lavender pink, 3 1/2 inch diameter, peony form. 14 petals and 14
'Winter's Dream' - Pink, 3 3/4 inch diameter, semidouble. 15 petals and 3 petaloids.
'Winter's Fire' - Medium red pink, 4 1/2 inch diameter, semidouble with upright creased petals, starlike
form. 12 petals.
'Winter's Hope' - White, 3314 inch diameter semidouble. 12 petals.
'Winter's Interlude' - Clear pink with violet shading, 3 inch diameter, anemone form. 12 petals and
'Winter's Peony' - Medium to light pink, 2 1/2 inch diameter, semidouble to peony form. 36 petals and 14
- Shell pink, 2 inch diameter, formal double. 28 petals. Slow growth and small leaves.
'Winter's Star' - Light red purple, 3 1/3 inch diameter, single. 6 petals.
'Winter's Waterlily' - White, 3 1/4 inch diameter, anemone to formal double. 21 petals and 15 petaloids.
More fall blooming camellia hybrids - Dr. Clifford Parks, his wife Kai Mei and son, David have introduced
hybrids at their nursery in Chapel Hill, NC.
'Survivor' - White single flowers on a well formed, vigorous, free flowering shrub.
'Mason Farm' - Large white flowers tinged with pink on a vigorous shrub.
CF-2I - Large, single white flowers with pink markings. Heavy bud set blooming over a long period.
Spring Blooming Camellia Hybrids - Also from Dr. Ackerman, these introductions are hybrids of the hardy
C. oleifera and C. japonica. They will do well in Zone 6B and possibly 6A (protected locations suggested).
Generally will bloom in April.
- Medium pink, 3 1/2 inch diameter, formal double flowers.
'Fire 'n Ice' - Deep dark red, 4 inch
diameter, semidouble to anemone with some red and white petaloids.
'Ice Follies' - Medium to light rose pink, 4 inch wide and 2 inch deep with 12 petals and 6 large crinkly petaloids.
'Pink Icicle' - Shell pink, 4 1/2 inch high peony to rose form double with rabbit ear petals.
'Spring Icicle' - Bright pink, 4 1/2 inch semidouble to rose form double with fluted and frilled petals.
More Spring Blooming Camellias - The Parks offer the following C. japonica cultivars for Zone 6B.
'April Blush' - Shell pink semidouble blooms on a compact, slow to medium growing plant.
'April Dawn' - Pink and White variegated formal flowers on an erect vigorous plant.
'April Remembered' - Large cream to pink shaded semidouble flowers on a fast growing plant.
- Rose red formal double flowers on a compact, well formed plant.
'April Snow' - White, rose form double flowers on a compact plant.
'April Tryst' - Red, anemone form flowers on a well formed plant with medium growth.