Chosen by Gianmario Motta
Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Cheerio'
Fendig, 1953, American Camellia Catalogue. Orthographic error for Cheerio.
» English Description
SCCS., 1947, The Camellia. Its Culture and Nomenclature: White striped or flecked with red to solid pink and ocasionally half red and half white. Medium large, semi-double. Medium, compact growth. Fendig, 1950, American Camellia Catalogue: A white variegated flower, varying in form from semi-double to incomplete double, 8-11 cm across. Colour variable, having as many as five different colour combinations, ranging from white, flecked and streaked with light, clear pink, to self chrysanthemum-crimson but characteristically variegated red, pink and white. The anthers are yellow. Leaves are dark green, stiff, glossy, oval and turn downwards, 8-11 cm long by 5-5.5 cm wide. Venation obscure, serrations shallow and apex acuminate. Plant is tall and compact of average growth rate. Originated by John S. Armstrong, Ontario, California, USA. For black and white photo see p.35, Hertrich, 1959, Camellias in the Huntington Gardens, vol.III. Orthographic error: ‘Cheero-o’.