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Camellia hiemalis

Post  Russell Coker on Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:48 pm

Here's a camellia (C. hiemalis) I've been working on for a few years now. I bought it as a 3 gallon nursery plant in 1983. In Japan I learned its name as "beni kan tsubaki", but you'll usually see it as 'shishi gashira'. Sometimes it is sold as a sasanqua. After it finishes blooming it really needs a good trimming and wiring, it's been a while!

I talked Jim Barrett into making this pot for me in 1986. It was (is?) the largest porcelain pot he'd ever made, and has a pale blue-green crackle glaze.

Sorry the picture's so bad.



flowers -



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Post  Pavel Slovák on Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:09 pm

Hi Russell, very nice tree. Very Happy ThumbsUp The photo is today?

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Post  Russell Coker on Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:14 pm

Thanks Pavel, that's especially nice coming from you!

Yes, the pictures were taken today. It's 70 degrees outside, back in my short pants and t-shirt. We've had a couple of light frosts, but that's about it - until next week! My maples are still green, only my ginkgo has ugly color this autumn so far.

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:12 pm

Hi Russell

That's amazing. Very Happy

Right now I have a window 40 cm of snow and -21 ° C .
Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Neil Jaeger on Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:26 am

I live in Buffalo and we had 38 inches of snow wednesday night there was 20 miles of cars stuck on the highway for 17 hours but it hasnt been to cold yet, around the 30 F. Winter is here!!! santa rendeer rendeer rendeer I don't mind the snow, i love the seasons. My favorite is spring, and fall.


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Post  coh on Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:20 am

Very nice tree. Can you tell us how tall it is?

I am a bonsai novice and have a camellia 'yuletide' (sasanqua, I believe) that just went into a bonsai pot this fall...acquired in a beginning class at the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester. Any tips on working with these trees?

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Post  Russell Coker on Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:50 am

Coh,

It's about 30 inches tall and 36 inches wide. The pot is 18x13x4.

Here's a better picture -



'Yuletide' is a sasanqua, it grows tall and dense. These are in front of my house -



I've not ever tried to work with 'yuletide', but they should be easy enough. The bark is thin so be careful with wire. They swell quickly is the spring so don't let that catch you. Have you seen the flower? It's pretty big, as compared to the leaves.

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Post  coh on Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:11 am

Thanks Russell. The plant I have was worked from nursery stock this fall as part of the beginners class, so it took a lot of abuse in the wrong season (major root pruning to get it in a bonsai pot). But it's still alive and in fact just finished blooming (we left 3 buds on to see what the flowers look like - over 3 inches in diameter). The plant is only about 15 inches tall and I've been thinking that it needs to eventually be quite a bit larger to accomodate that flower size. Yours seems to have a good ratio between plant size and flower size, so I'm going to keep that in mind. Thanks for the tips on the bark as well.

I currently live in the frozen winter wonderland of western NY so I can't grow camellias outdoors, but we had them in Virginia when I lived there...beautiful plants.

Chris

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Post  shimsuki on Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:38 am

Nice tree!

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Post  Russell Coker on Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:40 am

Thanks Andrew.

They are painfully slow, and have funky nebari. It's finished blooming now, so it's time for a wiring and repot.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:52 pm

Russell,

sorry I missed this earlier. Really beautiful, takes me back to Naples,Italy and the Museum of History, beautiful, but tall, camellias.
Most excellent work.
Thanks for showing.
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