Camellia x 'Dr. Clifford Parks'
This intensely red, orange-hued selection varies in flower form from semi-double to anemone to peony. The plant has very large leaves and an open and vigorous growth habit. The bloom is in mid-season. Having won multiple awards, 'Dr. Clifford Parks' is the epitome of a big red show flower. Though the foliage is plenty hardy for Zone 7, the flower buds are much more delicate and prefer Zone 8. Introduced by it's namesake, Dr. Clifford Parks, 1971.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 7
Growth: Vigorous, open
Blooms (NC): March
Bloom size: Very large, 5+ inches
Parentage: (C. reticulata 'Crimson Robe' x C. japonica 'Kramer's Supreme')