The first new camellia we have released for a number of years – in fact the first since Camellia Volunteer in 2001. Nobody could accuse us of naming and releasing new cultivars willy nilly. Roma Red has been a long time in the trialling process. The original plant is clipped as a lollipop standard and we have admired its good, red formal blooms for many years. Trials showed that it sets excellent flower buds on young plants and has pleasing compact growth. The flowers are formal and red – very red on the parent plant, tomato red even. In container grown plants, the red can take on a slightly coral tone but perfection is hard to find and we remain confident than when planted out, that true red will reign supreme.
Roma Red is available from selected independent garden centres this season or we have a few plants available here.