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Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese Stewartia)

Japanese Stewartia, Deciduous Camellia, Deciduous Stewartia


Noted for its attractive exfoliating bark, fall color and delicate blooms, award-winning Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese Stewartia) is a small deciduous tree with multiseason interest. Delicate, cup-shaped, white flowers, 2.5 in. wide (6 cm), adorned with showy orange-yellow anthers appear in early summer in the leaf axils. Resembling camellias, they open in succession for a long lasting display. The foliage of ovate, dark green leaves in summer turns brilliant shades of red, orange and burgundy in fall. The shedding of leaves exposes the flaky, multicolored bark that peels in strips of gray, orange, and reddish brown, adding winter interest. Slow-growing, Japanese Stewartia enjoys an elegant pyramidal habit and is one of the glories of the garden.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Typically grows up to 12-40 ft. tall (3.6-12 m) and 8-25 ft. wide (2.4-7.5 m)
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Provide a site sheltered from cold, dry winds as buds and flowers may be damaged by cold winds. 
  • Great flowering shrub for mixed shrub borderswoodland gardens or as specimen plant.
  • Virtually pest and disease free
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in mid to late summer. Propagate by seed sown outdoors in fall
  • Prune after flowering.
  • Native to Japan

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 12' – 40' (3.6m – 12m)
Spread 8' – 25' (240cm – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 12' – 40' (3.6m – 12m)
Spread 8' – 25' (240cm – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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