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October Magic Inspiration Camellia
October Magic Inspiration is one of our favorites in the October Magic Series. In fall, it produces an abundance of gorgeous, large white flowers some of which have a distinct, narrow, magenta-pink margins on ruffled petals. Scroll down for more details!

October Magic Inspiration Camellia

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October Magic Inspiration Camellia
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 97-039' 'Pp20566'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Camellia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

No wonder this beautiful plant is one of the Southern Living Plant Collections finest. October Magic® Inspiration is one of our favorites in the October Magic® Series. In fall, it produces an abundance of gorgeous, large white flowers some of which have a distinct, narrow, magenta-pink margins on ruffled petals. Prominent, golden stamens enhance the appeal of the flowers. The evergreen leaves are deep green through the year however new foliage in spring is maroon. 



Landscape & Garden Uses

A smaller growing Camellia with an upright habit of growth to about 5-8 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide (depending on pruning), October Magic Inspiration can be grown as a shrub or small tree. As a shrub, it is ideal for use as a hedge or background plant, in groupings, and is especially nice as espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall.) When "limbed up" to form a small tree it serves well as an attractive and colorful specimen in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. Great for cottage gardens, cut flower gardens and woodland borders. Also suitable for containers that can be brought indoors overwinter for those who live above USDA Zone 7a, where not winter hardy. Find Your Zone >

Spacing:  3' for solid hedge; 7'+ for space between plants



Cultural Preferences

Camellia adapt well to various soil types however prefer a moist but well-drained acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. Constantly soggy soil is a slow killer. In general, Camellia grows and blooms better in partial shade with some shelter from the hot afternoon sun. Morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sunlight is perfect. All-day filtered sun is fine.



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*Espalier (pronounced: ih-spal-yay) ...an ornamental shrub or tree that has been trained to grow flat against a wall, fence, or other vertical, flat surface.



Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Sasanqua (Fall, Mid Winter bloomer)
Height at Maturity:  5-8' 
Width at Maturity:  3-5'
Spacing:  3' for solid hedges; 7'+ for space between plants
Flower Color:  White with Magenta Edges
Flower Size:  3"
Flowering Period:  Fall to Mid Winter
Flower Type:  Double
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun, All Day Filtered Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity
Intolerances:  Direct Afternoon Sun, Constantly Soggy Soil



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