Camellia japonica 'Jean Lyne'

The interesting coloring of white and pink from the camellia 'Jean Lyne' flower At Vaucluse House.

The interesting colour patterns on one of the flowers; each flower has different patterning making it quite a spectacle. Photo Ian Innes © Sydney Living Museums

A beautiful medium-sized, late-season cultivar raised by George Linton at Somersby and released commercially by Hazelwood Nurseries in 1941, Jean Lyne was one of the most popular Camellia cultivars – although now only rarely seen in gardens.

The flowers are variably white or pink, randomly striped and blotched with carmine or red, and have an elegant simplicity with only two and a half whorls of petals and random petaloids at the centre of each flower. It is currently in bloom at Vaucluse House.

Camellia japonica 'Jean Lyne' in flower at Vaucluse House, showing flower patterning of pinks and whites.

Camellia japonica 'Jean Lyne'

Multiple blooms on the plant showing the sheer variety of patterning that it produces.

Photo Ian Innes © Sydney Living Museums

the flower of Camellia japonica 'Jean Lyne' at Vaucluse house

Camellia japonica 'Jean Lyne'

You can even find the odd solid pink bloom mixed throughout the shrub.

Photo Steven Halliday © Sydney Living Museums

Camellia japonica 'Jean Lyne' at Vaucluse House

Camellia japonica 'Jean Lyne'

Another bloom variant that can be found on this captivating shrub.

Photo Steven Halliday © Sydney Living Museums

About the author

Ian Innes

Director Heritage & Collections

Having worked on the conservation and sustainable management of historic gardens and parks in the UK, Europe and Australia – including long stints at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands – Ian has now taken on the challenge of helping chart the future direction of Sydney Living Museums at a pivotal moment in its history.