Stewartia rostrata

beaked stewartia

upright stewartia

  • © Patrick Breen - Oregon State University

  • © Patrick Breen - Oregon State University

Outstanding Qualities

When compared to the Japanese or orangebark stewartias this species is, to some, not quite the Cinderella the other two might be considered. Nevertheless, the upright or beaked stewartia has its own appealing qualities! The flower buds are surrounded deep maroon bracts followed by lovely white flowers, sometimes tinged with maroon, in late spring. The leaves turn dark red-purple in autumn.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

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

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

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: white flowers in spring, maroon seed pods in summer, autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees

Culture Notes
Plant in a site with full sun or light shade with soil being rich and well-drained. Water regularly during the dry season.