Stewartia pseudocamellia

Japanese stewartia

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Outstanding Qualities

One of the most beautiful small trees for the landscape, Japanese stewartia has delightful, saucer-shaped, white flowers that sparkle on the branches in early summer. 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!

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

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

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, bronze, burgundy

Great Color Partners: cream, dark green, silver

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.