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Bare Root Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia)

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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
Origin:  Japan
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.

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