On January 25, 2009 I visited a well known camellia hybridizer John Wang, a Chinese American living in San Francisco Bay Area.
John Wang places camellias inside the house to hand pollinate them. Room temperature increases the chance of success and no insects can interfere. John does not believe in open pollination of camellias – he chooses parents very carefully because he cannot afford to plant thousands of chance seedlings like for example Nuccio’s Nurseries does:
This camellia hybrid, created by John Wang, is a seedling of Tama-no-ura:
Another seedling from John Wang has a rare yellow tint:
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A Japanese-American nurseryman’s life in California: floriculture and family, 1883-1992
With Introductions by Julius Nuccio and Ernest Wertheim
Interviews Conducted by Suzanne B. Riess in 1992
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Copy at http://sazanka.org/pages/toichi_domoto
This sasanqua cultivar, ‘Dwarf Shishi’, was originated by Toichi Domoto in 1988:
It is excellent for bonsai.
Also I found a very likely photo pictures of Toichi Domoto (need to check with Tom Nuccio) on http://tinyurl.com/4795g8. I am almost sure this is the same one (born 1902, high school in East Bay):
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