There are about 120 species of Camellia of which Camellia japonica is the one most represented in the garden industry. There are more than 30,000 cultivars of this species.
Cultivar ‘Hikarugenji’ originated in the Kanto area, Japan and was known as early as 1859. The name means ‘Brilliant Genji’ from the famous ‘Tales of Genji’ about an early Japanese prince renowned for his elegance.
Other, sometimes contentious, names for this same cultivar are:
- ‘Souvenir d’Henri Guichard’ France
- ‘Herme’ Germany
- ‘Jordan’s Pride’ United States of America
Camellias prefer a little shade, shelter from strong winds and harsh sun, a fertile, acidic, well-drained soil and a good water supply.
Available from specialist camellia growers and through cool-climate plant nurseries.