JAPONICAS

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ADOLPHE AUDUSSON SPECIAL

Predominantly white over dk red. Large semidouble Avg compact growth. Mid season bloom


GROWER NOTES:

Adolphe Audusson is a very old cultivar first mentioned in 1877 in France. It is a nice dark red semi double but the "Special" is really special. It has lots of white, some blooms may be as much as 80% white while others are not so highly variegated.


HISTORIC - 1877


ALBA PLENA

White. Medium formal double. Slow bushy growth. Early bloom.


GROWER NOTES

This was one of the first japonicas to arrive from China being brought to England in 1792 by Capt Conner on his return from the Orient. Still in demand today, Alba Plena is a dependable, somewhat compact growing formal white.


HISTORIC - 1792


ANITA

Light pink striped carmine. Med semidouble. Vigorous upright compact growth. Mid season bloom


ANN BLAIR BROWN

Light pink with darker pink petaloids blotched white. Large anenome form. Average upright growth.


GROWER NOTES:

Named for the former executive director of ACS and mother of actress Blair Brown.


ANNIE TEE VARIEGATED

Ruby red variegated white. Large loose peony form. Average compact upright growth. Early to mid season bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

Nice large bloom for early in the season.


ASTRO NOVA

White with red stripes and spots. Large semodouble to anemone form with fimbriated petals. Average dense upright growth. Mid season bloom.


AVERY ISLAND (MATHOTIANA SUPREME VAR.)

Dark red blotched white. Large to very large rose form to formal double. Vigorous compact upright growth. Mid season to late bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

Named ‘Avery Island’ by McIllhenny for the location of his Tabasco sauce business.



BART COLBERT VARIEGATED

Deep pink variegated white. Large semidouble. Avg upright growth. Mid season bloom


GROWER NOTES:

‘Bart Colbert Var.’ is a good, strong growing plant with a beautiful large bloom. I have one growing just outside my garage that is over 35 years old.




BERENICE BODDY

Light pink with deep pink under petals. Medium, semi double. Vigorous upright growth. Mid season bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

Bernice Boddy is very cold hardy and has been used in hybridizing other cold hardy varieties.



BETTY FOY SANDERS

White with varying amounts of flecked, splotched and spotted rose red marks or streaks. Medium semi double of flared trumpet shape. Early-mid season bloom. May sport a solid white bloom. Named for the wife of Georgia governor Carl Sanders.


BETTY SHEFFIELD SILVER

Sport of 'Betty Sheffield Blush' wiih blush pink bordered white with silver sheen. Medium to large semidouble to loose peony form. Average compact growth. Mid season bloom.


BETTY SHEFFIELD SUPREME

Sport of Betty Sheffield-white with deep pink to red border on each petal. Mid season bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

While the Betty Sheffield Supreme bloom is one of the most beautiful camellia blooms, the plant itself is not a particulary strong grower and it "sports" numerous other forms of Sheffield blooms.  It is rare to find a plant that consistently produces Betty Sheffield Supreme blooms.


BEV PIET'S SMILE

Dark red and white. Medium to large semidouble to peony form. Average upright growth. Mid season bloom.


BEV RITTER

Sport of 'Show Time' with clear light pink. Medium formal double. Vigorous upright growth. Mid season bloom.


BIENVILLE

White. Medium to large formal double. Vigorous compact growth. Early to mid season bloom.


BLACK MAGIC

Very dark glossy red. Medium semidouble to rose form dbl. Avg spreading upright growth. Mid to late season bloom. Unusual holly like foliage.


GROWER NOTES:

You almost have to see it to believe it. The petals of Black Magic look like they are carved out of dark red candle wax, they are so glossy. The leaves have an interesting serrated look also. We can never seem to grow enough to keep up with demand.


BLACK TIE

Dark red. Small formal double. Average compact growth. Early to mid season bloom.


BLACK TIE VARIEGATED

Dark red variegated white. Small formal double. Average compact growth. Early to mid season bloom.


BLOOD OF CHINA (Victor Emmanuel)

Deep salmon red. Medium, semidouble to loose peony form. Vigorous, compact grower. Late season blooms.


BLUE RIDGE SUNSET

Bright lavender pink with dark lavender center. Medium to large rose form double. Average dense upright growth. Mid season bloom.


BOB HOPE

Black red. Large semidouble with irregular petals. Slow compact growth. Mid season bloom.


BOBBIE FAIN

Clear bright red w/deep radial veining . Large, semi double to anemone form. Average, upright growth. Early to late bloom.


BOBBIE FAIN VARIEGATED

Clear bright red w/deep radial veining & white form of Bobbie Fain. Early to late bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

One of my favorites. Plant grows well and it blooms early to late. Won Best Bloom in the large category for me at the Massee Lane Show in 2022.



BOROM'S GEM

Pink. Large to very large, rose form double. Vigorous, upright growth. Mid to late bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

Borom's Gem blooms are so large they could be mistaken for a c. reticulata.


BRENDA BEACH

Blush pink mottled with shades of darker pink. Large to very large semidouble. Vigorous upright growth. Mid season to late bloom.


BROOKE

Dark rose pink. Small to medium formal double. Vigorous dense, spreading growth. Early-mid season bloom.


BROOKE VARIEGATED

Dark rose pink variegated white. Small to medium formal double. Vigorous dense, spreading growth. Early-mid season bloom.


BROTHER ROSE VARIEGATED

Orchid pink variegated white. Large rose form double. Average compact upright growth. Mid season bloom.


C. M. GORDY

Bright pink. Large semidouble. Vigorous dense growth. Early to mid season bloom.


CAMILLE

Pink rose. Large formal double. Vigorous upright growth. Mid season bloom.


CAMILLE VARIEGATED

Pink rose variegated white. Large formal double. Vigorous upright growth. Mid season bloom.


CAMPARI

Pink striped and flecked crimson. Medium formal double. Vigorous upright growth. Mid to late bloom. Campari will sometimes sport a solid white or a partial red and white bloom.


CAN CAN

Pale pink with darker veining and darker petal edges. Medium, peony form. Slow upright growth. Early-mid season bloom. Flower is inconsistent in coloration.


CANDY APPLE VARIEGATED

Dark red variegated white. Medium to large semidouble to loose peony form. Average dense upright growth. Mid season to late bloom.


CAROL HUMPHREY VARIEGATED

Red variegated white. Medium to large rose form double to formal double. Vigorous dense upright growth. Mid season bloom.


CARRIE LOU

Medium blush pink with carmine and pink stripes. Large semidouble to peony form. Average upright columnar growth. Mid season to late bloom.


CARTER’S SUNBURST

Pale pink striped or marked deeper pink. Large to very large semidouble to peony form to formal double.  Avg spreading growth. Early to late bloom.


CARTER’S SUNBURST SPECIAL

Pink striped or marked deeper pink to raspberry with pale pink petal edges. Early-mid season bloom.


Growers notes:

This plant growing at Massee Lane Gardens differs from Carter's Sunburst in that the blooms have deeper color and tend to be primarily rose form to formal double as opposed to loose peony. We feel it merits including in our availability.


CHERRIES JUBILEE

Burgandy red w/red & white petaloids intermingled w/stamens. Med to lg full semidouble to rose form dbl. Avg compact growth. Mid season bloom.


CHERRIES JUBILEE VARIEGATED

Burgandy red w/red & white petaloids intermingled w/stamensvariegated white. Med to lg full semidouble to rose form dbl. Avg compact growth. Mid season bloom.


CHRIS BERGAMINI

White stripped with various shades of pinks and reds. Miniature to small anemone form. Average upright growth. Mid season bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

This small California introduction does well down South but it will sport a solid red bloom sometimes.



CHRISTMAS BEAUTY VARIEGATED

Bright red variegated white. Large semidouble. Vigorous upright growth. Early bloom.


CLARE TOMLINSON

Pink with strong lavender cast. Large to very large semidouble to loose peony form. Average upright open growth. Mid season to late bloom.


CLOISONNÉ

Soft pink with opaque heavy petals delicately outlined white. Medium to large semidouble. Vigorous upright growth. Mid season to late bloom.


CLOWN

Rose red, clear red and white in fine stripes. Medium full peony form. Average growth. Mid season bloom.


COACH MATHIS

Rose pink commonly variegated white. Medium to large full peony to anemone form. Average spreading growth. Early to late season bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

This bloom is named for the late Clayton Mathis who loved to grow camellias and give them away. Clayton was the “Johnny Appleseed” of camellias.



CORNELIA WALDEN

Light pink. Large anemone form. Average upright growth. Mid season bloom.


DAHLOHNEGA

Canary yellow. Sm to med formal dbl. Slow open upright growth. Mid season bloom


GROWER NOTES:

This creamy yellow formal bloom was developed in 1986 by Dr Walter Homeyer of Macon, Ga. one of the most outstanding hybridizers of modern times. I believe Dahlohnega to be the closest to yellow of any of the japonicas. Dr Homeyer told me that after making a number of crosses and back crosses to achieve the Dahlonega yellow, he thought he knew how to achieve a true yellow but he didn't have time. Within 6 months, he passed away. Dahlohnega is a late bloomer and I have discovered that the later it blooms the deeper the yellow. The use of gibberellic acid tends to bleach out the yellow.


DAIKAGURA

Bright rose pink splotched white. Med to large peony form. Slow compact growth. Early bloom.


HISTORIC - 1891


DALE FITZGERALD

Rose pink. Large peony form. Vigorous upright growth. Early to mid season bloom.


DAWN LYNN

Deep pink. Medium anemone form. Mid season to late bloom.


DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT

Light orchid pink with deeper pink intermixed. Medium to large full peony form. Vigorous upright growth. Early to mid season bloom.


DEBUTANTE

Light pink. Medium full peony form. Vigorous upright growth. Early to mid season bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

Old time favorite, early blooming pink introduced in the early 1900's from Magnolia Gardens as 'Sara C. Hastie'


DEEN DAY SMITH

White. Large to very large rose form double to peony form. Average spreading upright growth. Mid season bloom.


DEEP PURPLE DREAM

Deep purple red. Medium semidouble to rose form double to peony form. Vigorous upright dense growth. Early to mid season bloom.


DICK HARDISON

Red edged black red. Large to very large, formal double with incurved petals. Early to late bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

I have found the bloom does not always appear as stated above, but when it does it is very eye catching. Blooms respond well to gibb.


DIXIE KNIGHT

Deep red. Medium loose peony form with irregular petals. Vigorous upright growth. Mid to late bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

This is an old favorite developed by Wheeler's Nursery in Macon, Ga and introduced in 1955.


DIXIE KNIGHT SUPREME

 Deep red heavily moired white.Medium loose peony form with irregular petals. Vigorous upright growth. Mid to late bloom


GROWER NOTES:

This heavily white variegation of Dixie Knight was given to me by my friend Marvin Jernigan, an outstanding hybridizer himself who led me to the plant growing in his yard and said "this is the best Dixie Knight Supreme out there." I agree, as we never seem to have enough.


DIXIE KNIGHT VARIEGATED

Deep red streaked white. Medium loose peony form with irregular petals. Vigorous upright growth. Mid to late bloom.


DOMINIC DiTOMASSO VARIEGATED

Deep cherry red. Medium to large loose peony to semidouble form. Average upright bushy growth. Early to late bloom.


DON-MAC

Dark red. medium to large semi-double to loose peony form with curled and crepe petals surrounding large mass of stamens. Average upright growth. Early to late bloom.


DORIS ELLIS

Pale blush pink with darker pink outer petals and coral rose center. Medium, formal double. Vigorous, upright growth. Early bloom.


DOROTHY CHESTER

White. Large peony form. Vigorous spreading upright growth. Early to mid season bloom.


DR. CARL BEARD

Red and white. Large semidouble. Average dense upright growth. Mid season to late bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

This is a strong grower with nice large, loose peony blooms beginning early in the season. My friend Marvin Jernigan was the hybridizer and I got a lot of my cuttings from Carl’s Garden.



DR. PAM

Bright Red with white moire variegation. Large loose peony to anemone form. Vigorous upright dense growth. Early to mid season bloom.


DR. TINSLEY

Very pale pink at base shading deeper pink at edge w/reverse side flesh pink. Medium semi-double. Compact upright growth. Mid season bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

Delicate beauty in a compact slower growing plant. Introduced in 1949 from Louisiana.


DUSTY

Dusty rose pink. Large formal double. Vigorous upright growth. Mid season to late bloom.


DUSTY VARIEGATED

Dusty rose pink variegated white. Large formal double. Vigorous upright growth. Mid season to late bloom.


DUSTY WELLBORN

White with pink flecks. Medium semidouble to rose form double. Average upright spreading growth. Early to mid season bloom.


EARLY AUTUMN

Lavender rose with center petals edged deeper lavender. Medium, formal double. Early to mid season.


GROWER NOTES:

As the name implies, ‘Early Autumn’ is one of the first camellias to bloom. Nice looking bloom too! Plant grows upright and full.



EDNA BASS VARIEGATED

Deep red and white. Very large semi double to peony form. Average open upright growth. Early bloom


GROWER NOTES:

Another show winning cultivar from Dr Homeyer. Introduced in 1992 and a consistent head table selection.


EDNA CAMPBELL

Dark mahogany red. Medium semidouble. Average compact growth. Early to late bloom.


EL ROJO

Bright deep red. Medium, rose form double to formal double. Mid season.


ELAINE'S BETTY

Sport of 'Betty Sheffield'. pink peach pink center with occasional rose red stripes and spots shading to deeper pink at petal edges. medium peony form to rose form double with highly ruffled petals. Vigorous, open, upright growth. Mid season bloom.


ELEANOR MARTIN SUPREME

Red heavily variegated  white. Medium to large semi double w/wide concave petals. Vigorous open upright growth. Mid to late season bloom.


GROWER NOTES:

Beautiful bloom but the plant does not grow very fast for us. I like it a lot and have 3 plants growing in my collection.



ELEGANS CHAMPAGNE

White with cream center petaloids with pink occasionally at base of petals. Large to very large anemone form. Slow spreading growth. Early to mid season bloom.


ELIZABETH WEAVER

Coral pink. Large, formal double. Average, open, upright growth. Early-mid season.


ELLEN DANIEL

Blush pink with red stripes. Miniature to small semidouble to peony form, sometimes having a swirl petal pattern as indicated by the picture. Average upright growth. Mid season bloom.


EMMETT BARNES

White, large semi-double with ruffled and twisted petals and stamens intermixed. Vigorous compact growth. Early bloom.


ESTHER SMITH

White with occasional pink stripes. Medium full peony form. Early-mid season bloom.


GROWER'S NOTES:

Nice early peony bloom. Most blooms have light pink stripes. Good growing plant.


EXTRA POINT

Medium rose pink blotched white sport of ‘Touchdown’. Large to very large loose peony form. Early to mid season bloom.


GROWER'S NOTES:

Registered name for this variety is 'Cheerleader', however it is a sport of 'Touchdown' which is a sport of 'Kickoff' so 'Extra Point' seems more appropriate.


EXTRAVAGANZA

White vividly and profusely marked and striped light red. Large to very large. Average compact upright growth. Mid season bloom.