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Any individual may apply for registration of a new camellia seedling or mutation (sport). This includes camellia show exhibitors, plant breeders, nurserymen, and public gardens. Approved new cultivar registrations will be posted on the American Camellia Society website and published in the upcoming American Camellia Society Yearbook. In addition, the cultivar name and description will be published in the Southern California Camellia Society’s Camellia Nomenclature. The nomenclature is the official North American reference source used by plant breeders, public gardens, nurseries, camellia collectors/show exhibitors, and camellia show judges. Camellia cultivars must be registered and listed in the Camellia Nomenclature in order to be eligible for an award when exhibited at an ACS sanctioned camellia show.
Seedlings or sports which are submitted for a new cultivar registration must have one or more characteristics which would qualify it as unique or distinct enough to meet the criteria for registration approval. Bloom characteristics, plant growth habit, bloom season, cold hardiness, landscape performance, and disease resistance are all characteristics which the committee may consider to potentially approve your camellia as unique. The evaluation committee will compare your camellia with the 15,000 plus cultivars already registered with ACS to determine its uniqueness.
The following illustrations are examples of camellias that have fulfilled the requirement of being unique and have been registered with the American Camellia Society.
Camellia japonica ‘Margaret Davis’ originated as a branch sport (mutation) on Camellia japonica ‘Aspasia MacArthur’. It exhibits distinct floral characteristics which qualified it for registration approval.
Camellia hybrid ‘Golden Spangles’ originated as a branch sport on Camellia hybrid ‘Mary Christian’. It exhibits distinctly different foliage color from the original plant.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Egao Corkscrew’ originated as a branch sport on Camellia sasanqua ‘Egao’. It exhibits a unique zig- zag growth habit.
Camellia japonica ‘Ferris Wheel’ and Camellia japonica ‘Tama Peacock’ both originated as chance seedlings (open pollenated). They exhibit a unique combination of floral qualities.
Camellia hybrid ‘Senritsu-ko’ originated as a controlled cross between Camellia nitidissima and Camellia hybrid ‘Kihho’. It exhibits unique floral color combinations (yellow with a peach pink border).
Camellia hybrid ‘Crimson Candles’ originated as a controlled cross between Camellia reticulata and Camellia fraterna. Its combination of excellent cold hardiness, disease resistance, and robust landscape performance make it unique.