Camellia reticulata 'Songzilin'
Syn: 'Pagoda', 'Robert Fortune', 'Pine Cone'
Vigorous, becoming a well furnished small tree
Flowers: 10-13cm, peony form, light red petals arranged in whorls that, in the early stages, resemble a pine cone.
Foliage: 6-8cm x 3.6-4.8cm, flat.
One of the most famous of all Yunnan reticulatas, probably bred or selected from the wild about 1000 years ago! The oldest surviving tree, near Kunming, is 10m high with a trunk diameter of 52cm
Photo: George Hargreaves