• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing to 15-30 ft. tall, 20-25 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:stew-AR-ti-a soo-doh-ka-MEEL-ee-a
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17, 20, 21
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 15-30 ft. tall, 20-25 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design 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.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    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.