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One of the most beautiful small trees for the landscape, Japanese stewartia has delightful, saucer-shaped, white flowers that sparkle on the branches in midsummer. Its dark green leaves become a riot of saturated oranges and flaming brilliant reds in the autumn. As the tree matures, a beautiful patchwork of pink, red-brown and gray develop on the bark along its trunk and branches. No serious insect or disease problems bother this tree. Its striking branching pattern and decorative bark stand out best against an evergreen backdrop. This is a great tree for small spaces!
Plant Type: columnar tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height:Heights represent a 10-year-old woody plant or a 5-year-old perennial or bulb 12 ft. (3.7 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. (1.8 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Flower Color: white
Seasonal Interest: autumn color
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: gold, bronze, burgundy
Great Color Partners: cream, dark green, silver
- Culture Notes
- This slow growing small tree does best in light to open shade. Provide a location with rich well-drained or sandy soil. It grows best if provided with regular watering 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.