Plant of the month - March 2008

The Japanese Stewartia

Although each of us at Thyme in the Garden has our favorite tree, we all are in agreement that Stewartia Pseudocamellia (also known as Japanese Stewartia or False Camellia) is one of our all-time favorites!

Indigenous to Japan and Korea this common cultivar will grow to about 20 ft which makes it a great tree to plant close to your home or in a special garden. It blooms beautiful butter-cup-like white flowers from late spring to early summer which is followed by small spherical nut-like seed capsules that are a prominent feature from mid summer on into fall. It has gorgeous tri-colored peeling bark and the leaves turn great colors in the fall.

These strong three-season aspects make the Japanese Stewartia a must in anyone’s garden!


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