When a new camellia is bred it needs to be registered to be given a valid name and to be recorded. The main criteria for new registration is that the new variety should be different and distinctive from the many thousands that have already been registered. In Victoria the new variety must have flowered for at least three years and have been viewed by a member of a Registration Committee from Camellias Victoria for at least three years as well. This is to ensure that the bloom in stable and that it does not vary greatly from year to year. It should also be viewed at least once growing on the plant. At least five plants must also be in cultivation at the final time of registration.