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Japanese Stewartia

Posted by chris209 Z7a LI, NY (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 16, 12 at 20:40

I'm thinking of purchasing a Japanese Stewartia, but have some reservations. Does this tree produce an abundance of flowers, or are they not very showy? I can't seem to find a picture of it in full bloom, so I'm thinking it's not really grown for the flowers as much as it is for its form, bark and fall foliage. What are you feelings about this species? How about Korean Stewartia? Are they very different? Would I be better off with a magnolia?
Thanks for your help,

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RE: Japanese Stewartia

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 3, 13 at 22:27

I have grown several different varieties of Stewartia. I like the S.monadelph the best. It has smaller leaves and a real nice port red fall color. Bark is fantastic! It also reseeds here and there.
Stewartias are like a deciduous Camellias except the flowers don't play such a dominant role.

RE: Japanese Stewartia

I was just lurking on this forum…but I thought I'd answer. I have a Korean Stewartia. It's blooming now, actually. This year I have only a few blooms as we had a pretty severe winter and i'm assuming some winter damage - but normally it is laden with buds.

Mine does not bloom in a flush like other flowering trees. Rather, it blooms over a few weeks and the flowers themselves only last for a couple of days before they drop. As some drop, more bloom. If that makes sense. I do love it, though.

Here is a link that might be useful: Stewartia 'v. koreana' at Avant Gardens

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