Alba Plena AGM

Camellia japonica 'Alba Plena'
Parentage not recorded.
Probably China before the 13th century, but given this name when imported to the UK by Connor in 1792.
AM 1948, AGM (2002) 2012
Fairly slow growing, erect and bushy.
Flowers: medium sized (to 10cm),symmetrically imbricated formal double of porcelain white with
a glow at the base of the petals.
Very early.
Foliage: small and light green ovate.
Probably the best double white for general planting, but needs a site sheltered from wind and
frost to avoid browning of the flowers, though it is, perhaps, the best formal double white outside in the UK.
Identifiable in Sung dynasty paintings, and then known as 'Ta Pai' (Great White).

Photos: Jim Stephens