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: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5
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. ovate) 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.