|Common Name||October Magic™ Dawn 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, Focal Point, specimens, urban gardens|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Uniquely large, porcelain-like flowers of soft pink grace the dark green foliage of this selection. A dense grower, with a very upright, habit, Dawn is destined to become one of the top favorites in the October Magic™ series. This is no average Camellia: a slower grower than most, Dawn is a great choice for smaller spaces.|
|Propagation Methods||Softwood cuttings|
|Date of Introduction||July 2012|
Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:
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.
Incredibly large flowers are not normal for this species, but Dawn has broken the mold. Girly pink and porcelain like in nature, these are the ultimate tribute for a newly born baby girl. Plant Dawn in her honor and she will grace you with her huge, soft pink flowers for many, many years to come.