Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Caleb Cope'
Hume, 1946, Camellias in America, p.334. Orthographic variant for ‘Madame Faucillon’, synonym for Caleb Cope.
Lindo Nursery Price List, 1940-1941. Orthographic error for ‘Madame Faucillon’, synonym for Caleb Cope.
Fruitland Nursery Catalogue, 1933-1934, p.14. Orthographic variant: ‘Matilda’. Synonym for Caleb Cope.
Gerbings Azalea Gardens Catalogue, 1938-1939. Orthographic variant for ‘Mathilda’, synonym for Caleb Cope.
SCCS., 1950, The Camellia. Its Culture and Nomenclature, p.51. Synonym for Caleb Cope.
» English Description
Buist, 1854, American Flower Garden Directory, ed.6, p.213: Originated by Ritchie. Pale rose, centre blush, flower medium size, perfectly imbricated, quite distinct. Foliage, long-oval, reflexed, of a pale green; grows and blooms freely. Late flowering. A fuller description is given with illustration by Fendig, 1950, American Camellia Catalogue: A medium size formal double, imbricated pale-rose flower with small rose-bud centre. It will average 7.5 cm across and 3.7 cm deep with approximately 60 petals. The inner petals, which are smaller than the outer petals, are cup shaped. The leaves are also slightly cupped, thick, leathery, dark, glossy green, with broad, coarse serrations and short, pointed tips. The plant is bushy, loosely branched and slow in growth. James Ritchie, in May, 1851, was awarded the prize of the season for the best American seedling exhibited between Dec.1850 and May 1851. He named it for Caleb Cope, the 6th President of the Pennsylvanna Horticultural Society. (1842-1851). Synonym: ‘Mathilda’. Madame Faucillon has been used as a synonym but appears to be the variegated form. Colour illustrations: Camellias by G.G. Gerbing, 1945, p.31. Black and white photos: Hertrich, 1955, Camellias in the Huntington Gardens, vol.II, p.54.