Stewartia rostrata Stewartia


Description: An upright to spreading, deciduous shrub or small tree with dark green, oval leaves turning dark red-purple in autumn. The flower buds are surrounded by deep maroon bracts followed by lovely white flowers, sometimes tinged with maroon, in late spring.

History: Introduced in 1936 to USA from Lu Shan Botanic Garden, China.

Stewartia Growing Tips: Grow in moderately fertile, lime free, moist soil. Performs best if sheltered as the blooms and foliage can be damaged by cold drying winds.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 2m


  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: July
  • S Size: Small
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Attractive bark
  • Autumn colour

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