Camellia • Camellia • ツバキ • 椿 • tsubaki
It grows in Area L, on the north side of the East Gate. It has semi-double white flowers, blooms in late fall. (All our sasanqua camellias put a good show this year). Some
General info on c. sasanqua from Backyard Gardener: Camellia sasanqua ( Sasanqua Camellia ) – This evergreen upright shrub or small tree has dark green oval leaves that are generally smaller than those of Camellia japonica. Flowers too are smaller, often single and fragrant. More tolerant of sun and wind than Camellia japonica, the sasanqua flowers from late summer until early winter depending on the cultivar. […]
From wikipedia on Camellia sasanqua history and uses: […] At the beginning of the Edo period, cultivars of Camellia sasanqua began appearing; the first record of the cultivars of this plant was made by Ihei Ito (1695–1733). In Japan, it is not considered to be a true Camellia as the Japanese call it Sazanka (サザンカ, 山茶花).
C. sasanqua was not known in western societies until 1869 when Dutch traders imported some specimens into Europe. It is now also introduced to Australia and the United States.
It has a long history of cultivation in Japan for practical rather than decorative reasons. The leaves are used to make tea while the seeds or nuts are used to make tea seed oil, which is used for lighting, lubrication, cooking and cosmetic purposes. Tea oil has a higher calorific content than any other edible oil available naturally in Japan. […]
Hard to find a write-up on this particular cultivar, here a general mention on UW Botanic Gardens Department website about a plant collection of the Arboretum (! the site has interactive map to help you find the plant location): […] Camellia flowers come in many forms, from “single” to “formal double.” To see the wide array of shapes and hues, visit the camellia grove in March, April and October to catch a wide range of speciens and cultivars in full bloom. Cultivars of note include Camellia sasanqua ‘Tago-no-tsuki’, C. ‘Showa-wabisuke’ and C. pitardii var. yunnanica. […]
+ this description from Web Camellia Register (international database, developed at University of Pavia, Italy: no pic of the flower on the website): Tago-no-tsuki. (Tago Moon). (C.sasanqua). Ashizawa, Yagorô, 1898, Chabaika Taishû; Nihon Shubyô Co. Catalogue, 1910, p.46: Pink bud to white in open flower. Large, white, semi-double, with inner petals small and irregular. Originated in Japan. See colour pl.513, p.210, Encyclopedia of Camellias in Colour, vol.I, 1972, description, p.382. Resembles ‘Setsuzan’ (Sessan) and Kenkyô.
From Plantago (looks like Dutch language, but not sure, the following info clearly understandable, you can put the rest through google-translator) – apparently closer translation of ‘Tago-no-Tsuki’ means ‘ ‘Moon on Tago Bay‘:
Botanische naam: Camellia sasanqua ‘Tago-no-tsuki’
Synoniemen: Camellia sasanqua ‘Moon on Tago Bay’ , Camellia sasanqua ‘Tago Moon’