Chosen by Sueo Takano
Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Kuro-wabisuke'
Japanese Name：黒佗助 くろわびすけ
Gao, Jiyin, 2007, The Identification....Outstanding Camellias, p.428; Chinese synonym for the Japan C.japonica Kuro-wabisuke.
» English Description
Watanabe, 1960, Kyōto Engei Kurabu, Tsubaki Tokushū, No.1, p.58; Katayama, 1960. Tsubaki Ochabana; Saitama Botanical Gardens, 1960, Plant List; Minagawa, 1962, Chinkashū. Also see following colour photos: Tuyama, 1966, Camellia Cultivars of Japan, pl.131; Tuyama, 1968, Camellias of Japan, pl.273; Satō, 1975, Chūbu no Tsubaki, p.73; Leaves narrowly oblong-elliptic, shortly cuspidate-acuminate at apex, dark green. obscurely serrulate. Flowers single, dark red, (Currant red 821/1) often veined deeper colour. Flowers mid-season. Plant habit, slow growing. Originated in the Chūbu area, Japan. An account of these “black Camellias” appears in the American Camellia Yearbook, 1974 in a report of cytological studies by Dr W. Ackerman in which he recommends this group of plants be designated C.japonica (Purpurea Group). Katayama lists what appears to be the same form under the name Eiraku. Chinese synonym ‘Heituozhu’.