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Stewartia pseudocamellia AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange and Red in Autumn

Fruit

Green in Autumn

Stem

Brown , Green and Pink in

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

deciduous camellia

Family

Theaceae


Stewartia are deciduous trees or shrubs, often with attractive peeling bark, ovate leaves and showy white flowers; good autumn colour

S. pseudocamellia is a small deciduous tree to with attractive flaking bark and ovate leaves turning orange and red in autumn. Cupped, 5-petalled, white flowers to 6cm in width borne in the leaf axils

Other common names

  • deciduous stewartia
  • Japanese stewartia

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist soil and protect from cold drying winds

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in mid to late summer. Propagate by seed sown outdoors in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free