C.M. Hovey AGM

Camellia japonica 'C.M. Hovey'
Parentage not recorded.
Hovey, Boston, USA c.1850
Introduced to the UK in 1878.
FCC 1879, AGM (1993, 2002) 2012
Vigorous and robust speading growth.
Flowers: large (to 11cm) perfect formal double; rich vivid crimson scarlet, occasionally streaked white towards the centre of the petals.
Foliage: large (to 12.5cm long) deep green ovate slightly wavy leaves coarsely dentated.
Mid season.
The flower colour is unusual, and this is one of the best formal double reds, flowering all along the branches.