|Common Name||October Magic Ruby camellia|
|Size||4-5' tall by 3-4' wide|
|USDA hardiness Zones||7-9|
|Sun / Shade||Full sun / Part shade|
|Soil||Average garden soil|
|Moisture||Moist, but well drained|
|Disease and Pests||None known|
|Landscape use||Foundations, specimens, focal points, large containers|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Small Christmas red, fully double blooms decorate the deep olive green, super glossy foliage on this compact plant.|
|Propagation Methods||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.
Ruby is a profuse bloomer with foliage and a growth habit similar to October Magic Orchid.