Looking for rare plant: Stewartia malacodendron

Asimina76(7)October 3, 2012

Hello, and thanks for reading. I fell in love with Stewartia malacodendron when I found one growing in the wild in a state park. I am quite strict about only growing natives, so I'm not interested in Asian varieties of Stewartia. S. malacodendron has a white flower with a dark center (varies from blue-black-purple). I uploaded an image to help with ID. Has anyone seen this plant for sale? I have had some trouble finding it.

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Niche gardens near Chapel Hill used to carry this, but I don't see it listed. However, they sometimes have small numbers of plants that are not listed in the catalog. Call them.

I would also try we-Du Meadowbrook near Marion, NC. He has been selling at half price, so there may not be any left. You can Google that one.

Mine are small, so no flowers yet, but I saw a huge stand of them in the wild two years ago, and that was a magnificent sight.

Here is a link that might be useful: Niche

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 3:39PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Click through some of the links from the google search below...


Here is a link that might be useful: Google Search Results

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 9:02AM
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Thank you both for the suggestions. Fatamorgana, none of the search results in your google search have the plant in stock. I joined a waiting list, as that was the only option for now.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 12:16PM
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