Some 200 years ago, at the opening of Kew Gardens, John Stuart, Earl of Bute, presented a Stewartia to the Welsh Princess Augusta; the honor was somewhat skewed by the misspelling of the Earl’s name. His choice is still prized for its year-round attributes. Orange, gray and reddish brown exfoliating bark bestows an extraordinary winter aspect, while the magnificent bee-friendly profusion of cupped, yellow-centered, white flowers resembles Camellias, appearing in summer when few woody plants are blooming. Finely toothed, bright green leaves transmute deep bronze and purple-red autumnal colors. Unparalleled when planted in a grove, by a sitting area or as a focal point, Japanese Stewartia requires ample moisture, good drainage, lime-free soil and protection from hot sun as well as wind. Grows slowly.
Size: 22' 0" high x 12' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.