Cultivar Type：For Ornamental
Scientific Name：Camellia japonica 'Shirley's Surprise'
» English Description
New Zealand Camellia Bulletin, March 2008, No.159, p.3, Reg. No.478. Registered by Shirley Munroe, Waikanae, New Zealand. A chance seedling that first flowered in 2000. Plant is of average density, form and growth rate. Dark green leaves are 10 cm x 6.5 cm. The flower is of single form, 9 cm wide by 6 cm deep, with 7-8 petals. About 100 ivory-cream anthers and bright yellow filaments form a compact columnar central mass. Flower colour is bright rose (RHS.CC. 53C/D), edged with an unusual darker grey-purple (RHS.CC. 186A) covering up to one third of the flower area. Flowers last well when picked. Flowers early to mid-season.