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October Magic® White Shi Shi™ Camellia (Sasanqua)

(21 customer reviews)

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About October Magic® White Shi Shi™ Camellia (Sasanqua)

The brand new October Magic White Shi Shi Camellia from the Southern Living Plant Collection provides a unique twist on the classic Shi Shi Gashira Camellia! Gorgeous white, double blooms emerge from October to January. While the rest of your landscape is gearing down for a long, chilly winter, the White Shi Shi Camellia is just getting started!

Like its namesake, the Shi Shi Gashira Camellia, the October Magic White Shi Shi Camellia features a naturally compact growth habit.

This white bloom camellia maxes out at around 3-4′ H x 3-4′ W. Therefore, it’s perfect for a low-maintenance low hedge or border.

Try the White Shi Shi Camellia as an accent, container, mass planting, or slope planting.

This selection features notable disease and pest resistance, as well as impressive heat tolerance. Additionally, the October Magic White Shi Shi Camellia is more tolerant of clay soils than most varieties.

Sturdy branches and evergreen foliage make the White Shi Shi Camellia popular with local birds.

Plant 30-36″ apart for a seamless hedge of foliage. Space 48″ or more apart for space between plants.

October Magic White Shi Shi Camellia Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 7-9.

Prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade, around 4-6 hours of sun a day. Insufficient sunlight will result in reduced bloom and foliage potential. However, too much sun can cause undue stress to the October Magic White Shi Shi Camellia.

Grows best in slightly acidic soil with good drainage.

Water regularly until established, 2-3 times a week during the first growing season. Increase the watering frequency in dry weather, and decrease the frequency during heavy rain periods.

Fertilize with an acidic plant fertilizer in spring after the threat of frost has passed. Topdressing the soil underneath your October Magic White Shi Shi Camellia yearly with a couple of inches of composted manure, such as Black Kow, will keep your soil rich and healthy.

If needed, prune in late winter before new foliage flushes out.

Spacing Recommendations for October Magic White Shi Shi Camellia

Plant your October Magic White Shi Shi Camellias 2 feet apart for a seamless planting. Space them 4+ feet apart for space between your shrubs.

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Scientific Name
Camellia sasanqua ‘Green 02-004’ PP27553
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Average Size
3-4’ H X 3-4’ W
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21 reviews for October Magic® White Shi Shi™ Camellia (Sasanqua)

  1. Cheryl (verified owner)

    Shi shi camellias arrived quickly and in good shape. The plants look healthy and one has several buds.

  2. matt (verified owner)

    I waited over a year to reorder some of these. I receive my order and the leaves looked like they had an oil sprayed on them. I put them in the ground near some previous ones i ordered. a few months later they are now dying. I am out $100 because they only have a 30 day guarantee window. i will not order from this site again. 30 days is not enough time for most plants to show issues.

  3. Nancy (verified owner)

    It arrived healthy and happy.

  4. Eugene Tredway (verified owner)

    Good condition and quick shipping

  5. Ramona Vaught (verified owner)

    Absolutely gorgeous plant. My camellia arrived ahead of the scheduled delivery date. It not only looked healthy, but was covered in bloom buds. I’ve purchased 3 camellias from other suppliers and this was the prettiest of them all. I’m super pleased with my purchase.

  6. Nancy (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant. Arrived strong and healthy.

  7. Nancy (verified owner)

    Shi shi arrived in perfect condition – ready to plant.

  8. Joy Gallagher (verified owner)

    I planted my white shi shi about 2 weeks ago and I have new growth and lots of buds one is starting to open. Beautiful plant very healthy.

  9. MelissaB (verified owner)

    These plants arrived on time and in great shape, having packed with great care. They came loaded with buds; we can’t wait to see them flower!

  10. candy (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant.

  11. Kim (verified owner)

    Arrived in good condition given the extreme heat it experienced on it’s way here. It’s lush and beautiful!

  12. Penny Livingston (verified owner)

    I have just received my White Shi Shi. The plant came looking very, very healthy and was packed to perfection! I love Plantsbymail and will continue to order from them because of this.

  13. Patti Young (verified owner)

    I am awaiting cooler temperatures before planting but the shi shi camellia arrived quickly and in great condition. Looks very healthy and a great size.

  14. cagoodenow (verified owner)

    One arrived okay. The other was a bit banged up, but has bounced back. Can’t wait for blooms!

  15. Nancy (verified owner)

    Arrived in perfect condition. Can’t wait til it blooms.

  16. Carmen (verified owner)

    My White Shi Shi was carefully packed and shipped quickly. The plant is very healthy. Plants by Mail always takes good care of me and I am very happy with my purchase. I definitely recommend Plants by Mail to anyone thinking about buying plants from this online store.

  17. Judith Smith (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant!. Arrived in perfect condition!

  18. hiyamakki (verified owner)

    Arrived a little banged up two weeks after it shipped. Looked like it had spend a lot of time on its side, plant was slightly crushed and soil was slanted to that side I think the plant may have been hastily pruned to fit in the box. Leaves were sheared in half. Already bouncing back though I had some leaf droppage.

  19. bayareagardener (verified owner)

    Received my Shi Shi Camellia last October – it was healthy and well packed. It is now 6 months later and thriving! Wish it had a faster growth rate – will see how it grows once it starts to warm up!

  20. lhubbell (verified owner)

    So excited to receive my Shi Shi Camellias. They are super healthy and full of buds waiting to open. I can’t wait to see them in bloom very soon!

  21. renepogue (verified owner)

    Waited for a year! So happy to find some on Arrived extremely quickly, intact and healthy as can be. Loaded with buds and hoping for blooms this season. After this experience, I love plantsbymail…’s my new fav!

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