Stewartia pseudocamelliaItem #7159 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Lovely, Camellia-like blooms with white petals and orange centers highlight fresh green leaves. Foliage turns bronzy-purple in fall. This is an all season performer. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:stew-AR-ti-a soo-doh-ka-MEEL-ee-aPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17, 20, 21Growth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing to 15-30 ft. tall, 20-25 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasThe graceful look of this tree should be on display for all to see in the lawn or an uncrowded part of the garden. Summer blooms and fall color only add to its charm. It can take a little shade fromother trees.Companion PlantsFor the layered look, use a groundcover such as Green Sheen Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen') where it will be shaded. Add another layer of shrubs such as Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice') or Sunburst Hypericum (Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst'), yellow flowers of the latter will bring out the yellow color of the stamens in the stewartia.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory:This unique genus of shrubs is classified into the tea family, Theaceae, which shows they are linked to the camellia, also evidenced by the species name. Linnause named the genus after John Sturat, the Earl of Buete and patron of the botanical sciences. Stewartia contains six species of shrubs and small trees all native to Asia and North America. This species was classified in Russia by St. Petersburg's Carl Maximowicz. It is native to Japan.