stewartia Theaceae Stewartia
spp. L. symbol: STEWA
Leaf: Alternate, simple, ovate or elliptical, serrated margin, long pointed, 2 to 4 inches long, dark green above, shiny, paler, hairy below.
Flower: Very attractive, white, 5 petaled, yellow or reddish anthers (species dependent), 2 to 3 inches across, appearing in early summer.
Fruit: Dry, woody capsule, egg-shaped but sharply pointed, 5 parted.
Twig: Slender, light reddish brown, buds flattened, leaf scar with 1 bundle scar.
Bark: Most species have a very attractive flaking, patchy bark revealing grays, browns and reds, species ovata has a very plain light brown bark.
Form: Generally a small, bushy tree, some species may reach 80 feet tall.
Looks like: Franklin tree - American snowbell - Japanese snowbell - Japanese camellia
Additional Range Information: Stewartia spp. is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See the full-size PDF map.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information