Should I register my camellia?

Only if it is to be propagated and plants distributed.

Links to registration forms in various languages given below

Cultivar name

Note: This information is extracted from the guidelines codified over the years by the International Society for Horticultural Science.
* Must not have been used previously. The entire ICS Register is now on-line, so checking will be easy.
*  Use of Latin is barred. This is reserved for Species.
*  Use of the common names of other plants is barred, except where it is the name of a person or even possibly a place. For example, ‘Rambling Rose’ would be invalid, but ‘Rose Smith’ would be valid if it is the name of a person.
*  Names should be no more than 10 syllables and 30 letters total.
*  Use of words such as cross, strain, hybrid, sport, improved, and selection are barred.
*  Should be sufficiently different from existing names, so as not to cause confusion. For example, ‘Snowcloud’ was rejected as being too close to ‘Snow Cloud’.
*  Honorifics such as Professor, Senator, and so on are required to be written in full. However, an exception is allowable in the case of Doctor. This may be spelled as Dr or Doctor in the first publication, but whichever form is used must always be retained thereafter.
*  The word "variegated" should be spelled in full to avoid confusion with variety.
*  Names may be invented words or acronyms, such as ‘Lasca Beauty’ (Lasca = Los Angeles State & County Arboretum).
*  No names with offensive connotations may be used.

In June 2015, the ICS nominated Professor Wang Zhonglang as International Camellia Registrar, and advised this appointment to the Council of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

His contact details are:
Kunming Institute of Botany, 132 Lanhei Road, Kunming, Yunnan  650204, P. R. China
Tel: +86-871-6522 3702
Fax: +86-871-6515 0227
Mobile:+86-137 6911 3271

Contact him if you have any questions about registrations.  In addition, potential registrations from Europe (except for Italy and Spain – see below) should be sent to Professor Wang.

Registrars see that accepted registrations receive publication in the appropriate journal, which validates the name and ensures that it becomes part of the “International Camellia Register”.

The ICS registration forms are intended ONLY for use by applicants from Europe, except from Italy and Spain, and from all other countries except Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and USA.  Applicants from these seven countries should contact the following registration authorities.



Dr. Stephen Utick, 3 Revely Crescent, Stirling, ACT 2611


Prof. Wang Zhonglang, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650204 Yunnan;

Europe (except for Italy and Spain)

Patricia L. Short, 41 Galveston Road, London SW15 2RZ, U.K.;


Dr. Andrea Corneo, via Sartori 23, 20129 Milano, Italy;


Shigeo Matsumoto, 1-7-26 Takasuhigashi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken, 808-0144;

New Zealand

Derek Beard, 14 Jasmine Place, Mt. Maunganui 3116;


Estación Fitopatolóxica do Areeiro, Deputación Provincial de Pontevedra, Avda. Montero Ríos, s/n, 36071 Pontevedra;
e-mail: or


American Camellia Society, 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, Georgia, 31030;

How to register a new camellia with the ACS:

Registration by the ICS is free of charge. Some national camellia societies charge a modest fee to cover their costs of registration and publication.

Online Registration Form - password-protected for ICS members

Registration form, PDF Format - for public use



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