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Stewartia pseudocamellia
Japanese Stewartia
Family: Theaceae

The Japanese Stewartia is a flowering tree from the mountains of Japan. It is a good tree for landscaping because of its small to medium size, and its beautiful summer blooms. The blooms are like a camellia flower, saucer shaped with white petals and a conspicuos yellowy/orange anthers inside. Flowering occurs in July usually, well after most other flowering trees. During the fall, the tree exhibits brilliant reds deep purple and yellow leaves. As Stewartia ages, its bark exfoliates exposing a patchwork of pinks and creams, and gray patches on the trunk and branches below.

Stewartia can survive very cold winters, but it also needs a warm summer climate. Does not tolerate full sun and dry winds, and is best planted in warm, partly shady areas.

Stewartia pseudocamellia matures to about 25 ft tall in rougly 30 years. The canopy is roughly the same size around. Fruits are green and generally does not cause a litter problem. A handsome specimen can be found at the bus stop on Mount Centennial Garden. Hardy in USDA zones 5-8.

Marisa Manning

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