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Camellia japonica 'Alba Plena'. One of the first varieties of camellia introduced into Europe. Brought from China in 1792, along with 'Variegata'. A slow-growing variety, so may have been one of the original camellias planted at Chiswick House in the 1820s.(From catalogue, Camellias in the Conservatory Festival 2011, Chiswick House and Gardens).