Camellia japonica ‘Hagoromo’
’Hagoromo’ in Japanese means ‘the feathered robe of an angel’. If I were lucky enough to see the feathered robe of a celestial being, I think it would look like the flowers of Camellia japonica ‘Hagoromo’. Pale-pink flowers that turn white in certain light, semi-double for the feathered effect, and not too big or too small. Flowers that are there when you are ready to see them. A bit like angels. Its glossy, dark-green leaves quietly complement the flower and even manage to be gently serrated at their margins.
This medium-sized evergreen shrub blooms from March to May and flourishes in full or semi-shade. It’s a slow grower and takes its time forming a neat compact shrub. In VanDusen, 'Hagoromo' is planted on the shady path through bed 85. A perfect location. Protected from wind and direct sunlight. Not too many people use this path, but those that do appreciate this special camellia and its quiet place.
Camellia japonica ‘Hagoromo’ is an old cultivar from Japan - going back to 1859. After its introduction to Italy in 1886, it became known as 'Magnoliaeflora' in Europe. Its flowers are similar to the star- or lotus-shaped magnolia flowers. But thankfully 'Hagoromo' is mostly used - ’the feathered robe of an angel’ captures its flower spirit.
Here is a story on the Camellia King, Francis Miyosaku Uyematsu.
The pictures of VanDusen’s one and only Camellia japonica ‘Hagoromo' were taken in April.
Text and photos by Hughie Jones