Stewartia pseudocamellia

Scientific name: Stewartia pseudocamellia


Common names: “Japanese stewartia” “deciduous camellia”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 5-8

Light: Full sun – part shade

Exposure: Sheltered from strong winds essential

Soil: Rich acidic soil

Moisture: Average – moist well drained


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Plant Size: H 30-60′ W 20-25′ , slow growing

Leaf and Stem shape: Pronounced zig-zaggy stems and colourful peeling bark, with simple leaves turning red-orange in fall

Flower: Cupped, 5-petalled, white flowers borne in the leaf axilsImage result for stewartia pseudocamellia

Pruning: Minimal/ none, only prune out DDD’s, and maybe thin out some branches to the main stem

Maintenance: Do not transplant this tree

Landscape use: 4 seasons interest, architectural, mixed flower borders, focal point, species tree

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria, sensitive to herbicides

Comments: ~AGM winner, exquisite tree

Cultivars: ~AGM winner: S. p. Koreana Group

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