stewartia Theaceae Stewartia
|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 states reporting stewartia.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson