9-003 (Camellia x williamsii ‘China Clay’)

This is a plant that came as part of a bequest from a Camellia enthusiast who lived in Kent. It is possible that it is a seedling that he raised, but that seems unlikely. Obviously it is not ‘China Clay’, which is a semi-double pure white. I have compared it with ‘Kick Off’ and ‘William Honey’, and ruled both out of contention. The blooms are around 9cm across. Generally it flowers in April but has sometimes been as early as January.

Leaves are 6.5-8.5cm long,excluding petiole, 3-5cm wide. They are rather evenly spaced along the shoot and mostly at the same angle to the stem, around 45°.

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