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Showy Camellia Stewartia ovata

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
stew-AR-tee-ah oh-VAY-tah
Description

Stewartia ovata, commonly referred to as Mountain Camellia, is a deciduous shrub native to the piedmont and mountains of North Carolina. In nature, it can be found in mesic forests, especially acidic bluffs, and often in the openings of rhododendron thickets.

Spreading branches; bushy habit; slow grower; orange to scarlet fall foliage; difficulty to transplant; native to the southeastern US; attractive gray-brown bark; can be multi-trunked shrub or small tree; NC Significantly Rare species

This plant is not heat or drought tolerant.  It has a bushy habit with spreading branches.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var. grandiflora
var. grandiflora
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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var. grandiflora
var. grandiflora
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#small tree#full sun#partial shade#white flowers#shrub#acidic soil#partial sun#slow growing#native tree#piedmont#native shrub#fall interest#moist soil#food source#NC native#well-drained soil#large shrub#full sun flowers#organic soils#summer flowers#flowering shrub#full sunlight#bushy#thickets#native garden#attractive foliage#mountains#rich soil#sunshine#summer interest#acidic soil tolerant#multitrunked#mid-summer flowers#summer fruits#food source summer#rare#early summer flowers#loamy soils tolerant#fruits#native#food source hard mast fruit#loam#fall color red#fall color orange#fruits early fall#fruit#part sun#part shade#loamy soil#food source flowers#flowering#flower#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stewartia
    Species:
    ovata
    Family:
    Theaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Eastern U.S.A
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    In North Carolina, the red-orange fruits are available from August to September.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    White with yellow stamens. In North Carolina, the flowers are available from June to July.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rubbery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Bark Description:
    Attractive bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden