Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
The origin of Ceratopetalum gummiferum 'Johanna's Christmas' is uncertain. The applicants, Brian and Carol Roach of Westleigh, Sydney, originally thought that it had been selected from a batch of seed sown in their garden in about 1980. However, further information suggests that it may have been collected by Don Blaxell, a former staff member at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, who found a dwarf form of Ceratopetalum gummiferum in February 1969. See Australasian Virtual Herbarium occurrence record NSW 578884. The Roaches named this cultivar 'Johannas Christmas' after their daughter who died of cancer in June 1994.
This cultivar is a dwarf form of Ceratopetalum gummiferum. It is a dense shrub ca. 1.5m tall x 1.5m wide. The white flowers appear between October and January and as they die off, the calyx of each flower turns red.
As for C. gummiferum except for its dwarf habit (1.5m x 1m).
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1997
Flowers: close to 180B/C
Leaves upper: 137A
Leaves lower: 191B (nearest)
Reported to be drought hardy. Cultivar is in restricted number because of the difficulties in propagation.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC932; ACRA902: CANB627203
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 14 January 2004