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Beyond the Camellia Belt

Breeding, Propagating, and Growing Cold-Hardy Camellias
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Price: $39.95
Hardcover: 196 pages
Publisher: Ball Publishing ©2007
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1883052522
Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.2 x .9 inches
Weight: 1.63 pounds
Camellias are traditionally thought of as a southern plant. However, thanks to Dr. William Ackerman and others, many cultivars thrive in areas north of the "Camellia Belt," even as far north as Toronto! Dr. Ackerman here describes the history of breeding camellias toward greater cold hardiness and how to cultivate these beautiful specimens yourself. He discusses propagation; culture; pest, disease, and wildlife control; plant nomenclature; and hybridization. He also describes and provides beautiful color photographs of over 100 camellia cultivars that show hardiness beyond the Camellia Belt. Camellia enthusiasts will enjoy Dr. Ackerman’s insights, and gardeners and growers above the Mason-Dixon will find this a great introduction to a genus they didn’t know they could grow!

About the Author

Dr. William Ackerman served until his retirement as a research horticulturist at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. He continues his research and experimentation with hybridization of cold-hardy spring- and fall-flowering camellias and the development of commercially acceptable yellow camellias. Many of the camellias that Dr. Ackerman has bred, known as Ackerman Hybrids, are available commercially. Dr. Ackerman is a former president of the Camellia Society of the Potomac Valley and has written or been the subject of more than 200 research papers, book chapters, and popular articles. He also wrote Growing Camellias in Cold Climates (2003).
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