Stewartia monadelpha

orangebark stewartia

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Outstanding Qualities

Orangebark stewartia is an outstanding tree for year-round interest. Its delicate, white, saucer-shaped flowers dot the braches in June and early July. The dark green foliage becomes a brilliant mix of rich red-orange and fire engine red in the fall. As the leaves drop, they reveal the beautiful cinnamon brown bark of the trunk and branches. No serious insect or disease problems are common to this tree. This tree will work well in small yards. The bark is shown to perfection with a backdrop of evergreens.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: early summer flowers & autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, silver, red

Great Color Partners: dark green, gold

Culture Notes
Plant in full sun or light to open shade. Provide a location with a rich well-drained or sandy soil. Water regularly during dry weather. Little pruning is needed and heavy pruning can ruin the form of this lovely tree. Consult an expert pruner or take a local class before attempting to prune