Stewartia sun exposure

NHBabs(4b-5aNH)September 19, 2010

I've wanted a Stewartia for quite some time now, and found one locally on sale, an S. japonica. I'm considering where to plant it. I have one spot that's got good room and it fits my needs there, which is for a small tree. However, it gets full sun exposure, and I read that Stewartia like some shade from late afternoon sun. I'm wondering if due to how far north I am and the fact that it will be planted in a mulched bed of well composed manure over very fine sand if it will be OK in full sun. Will planting it amongst trellised clematis give it enough shade?

What is your experience with this lovely tree? Dare I chance a full sun exposure? If not, I will have to probably expand a bed a bit so that I have a spot to plant my Stewartia.

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Oops, make that name S. Pseudocamellia, common name Japanese Stewartia.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2010 at 10:17AM
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I could tell you only from my experience that my S.koreana which is planted in SW exposure (6+ hours of afternoon sun) is always having fried tips on a leaves starting from mid-August despite being well watered.
However, I planted S.pseudocamellia in a friend's garden in an only available place where it is exposed 4 hours to the late day sun and it is doing great there.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2010 at 11:05AM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

funny, i had that same question once but my stewartia pseudocam. has been in full sun ( and 2' from the house!)for 12 yrs and surprisingly does is now the height of a 2 story house.with this drought it does have crisped leafedges this yr.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2010 at 2:39PM
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Thanks Mindy and George. I knew that I would find folks actually growing this tree here on the New England forum who would share their experience.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2010 at 7:41PM
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