Hardy, deciduous, medium-sized tree
Description: Pure white, cup-shaped blossoms with yellow anthers in mid-summer; attractive red flaking bark; rich burgundy red and yellow autumn colors
Habit: Grows 40' tall and 25' wide; slow-growing
Culture: Prefers moist, acid soil with plenty of leaf mold and organic matter; performs best with plenty of sun but some shade during the hottest periods
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 through 9
Attributes: Fall color, attractive bark
The Stewartias are a small but valuable genus of ornamentals in the Tea Family, and are closely related to Camellias. Japanese Stewartia is more tree-like than the native species (S. malacodendron and S. ovata) and its bark is more distinctly flaking. This species was introduced before 1878. A Korean variety of this species was introduced by E. H. Wilson in 1917.
This plant will ship bare root. ne5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.