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The only one identified camellia japonica Hino-Maru (sometimes spelled ‘Hinomaru’ or Hino Maru) resides in area I of SJG, along the fence – at 20′ height it towers above it and it is well visible from the path, especially attracting the eye when in bloom. There are several other camellias which look similar in the Garden, but they are all identified as ‘camellia japonica’ only (there will be a separate post about all those unnamed camellias, called ‘camellia japonica, SJG general’).
From Folia: Hinomaru is part of the Camellia genus and is a Japanese Camellia variety. Its scientific name is Camellia japonica ‘Hinomaru’. It grows mainly as a Perennial, which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Hinomaru normally grows with a shrub-like habit. […]
Interesting article about Hino-Maru camellia from Otago Daily Times by Marianne Groothuism, curator of the camellia collection at Dunedin Botanic Garden:
Plant life: Higo has remarkable stamens
There is a special group of about 70 camellia cultivars from Japan called Higo camellias.
This unusual collection, with its distinctive style, is not often found in western gardens.
The culture of growing Higo camellias began in Japan about 1800, in the region which used to be known as Higo province, and is now the Kumamoto prefecture. […]
Camellia japonica ‘Hinomaru’ is considered the finest of the red Higo camellias. […] Hinomaru is the name of the Japanese national flag, known in the West as the Rising Sun or Round of the Sun. […]