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Japanese Stewartia

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Text and photo by Jane Talarico
Japanese Stewartia

Stewartia pseudocamellia

Japanese stewartia is always a choice tree, but a special treasure for small city gardens or an accent plant near patio, window or walk. Four season interest begins when camellia-like white flowers with prominent orange anthers appear in June/July, a time when few other trees are flowering.  Fall color is a blend of warm reds and oranges.  As stewartias age, mottled exfoliating bark adds winter interest.  Japanese stewartia grow slowly to about 20 feet.  They prefer sun but will tolerate a little afternoon shade.  Soil should be moist but well drained and acidic.  It is good to water during drought.  

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