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