|Common Name||October Magic™ Bride Camellia|
|Size||4-6' tall by 4-6' wide|
|USDA hardiness Zones||7-9|
|Sun / Shade||Full sun / Part shade|
|Soil||Average garden soil|
|Moisture||Moist, but well drained|
|Disease and Pests||Some scale|
|Landscape use||Foundation plantings, specimens, urban gardens|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||The perfect selection for a small garden or a tight spot, this Bride fits in the smallest of wedding dresses. Upright and dense in habit, making it an adequate choice in places other camellias quickly outgrow. A profuse bloomer at an early age, with pure white rose to peony form flowers.|
|Propagation Methods||Vegetative softwood cuttings|
|Date of Introduction||July 2012|
Camellia hiemalis, often called the dwarf sassanqua, is the lesser known relative to the more popular Camellia sassanqua. C. hiemalis is fall blooming as well, but more cold hardy than it’s cousin. Some of these new selections have proven hardy in USDA Zone 6, but we are saying zone 7 to be safe. As summer fades and the nights begin to cool, the October Magic™ Series usher in the camellia season in beautiful fashion. Graceful in form and one of the loveliest of autumn flowers, the soft fragrance of sasanquas conjure up memories of southern gardens amass with blooms. These new selections offer all of the nuances we’ve grown to love in sasanquas and then some. There’s a shape, size and color to fit any garden.
Water before planting to make sure soil is moist. Plant in full sun to part shade and dig a hole 3X the width of pot. Backfill with topsoil and plant 1’-2’ above soil level water and add more soil if needed. Finish by mulching plants with a high quality shredded, aged bark mulch.