Camellia sasanqua October Magic® Inspiration PP 20566

A vigorous, upright grower

Common Name October Magic® Inspiration Camellia
Botanical Name Camellia sasanqua ‘Green 97-039’
Size 8-12' tall by 6-8' 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 A vigorous upright grower, shiny, dark-green leaves provide a prominent backdrop for the flowers. Fully double white ruffled flowers are outlined with a pencil-thin margin of magenta-pink, a characteristic seldom found in autumn Camellias. Profuse flowering performance begins mid-October and lasts into November. Spent flowers are self-cleaning. New growth is burgundy-red.
Propagation Methods Softwood cuttings
Bloom Time September–October

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

Camellia sasanqua is a fall blooming species. 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.

The blooms of Inspiration are so much like a porcelain rose, you might not believe it is truly a camellia.  Creamy pink petals are outlined in a thin line of magenta, which is a unique attribute in camellia blooms.  Rarely is a picotee form seen, but here it is – an Inspiration for us all to believe anything is possible.