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Upright Stewartia Stewartia rostrata

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stew-ART-ee-ah ro-STRAY-tah
Description

Upright Stewartia is a deciduous multi-trunked tree or shrub growing to 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide and is native to eastern China. The spring flowers are up to 2.5 inch wide cup-shaped white flowers with yellow stamens and a light fragrance. The glossy green leaves have reddish fall color. The persistent seed capsules add additional interest.

Plant this tree in fertile, well-drained, acidic, moist soil in partial sun to filtered shade. It does not tolerate drought and needs protection from winds. They can be a bit fussy and are difficult to transplant. Use in a woodland setting as a flowering tree or a specimen in a shady yard.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stewartia
    Species:
    rostrata
    Family:
    Theaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 40 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • 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 pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Beaked seed capsule red maturing to brown
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    2-2.5" white flowers with reddish tinged bracts in May
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leathery glossy green leaves are ovate to elliptic with acuminate apices, rounded bases, and serrate margins. 2-4 inches long by 1-1.5 inches wide. Undersides with tufts of hairs in vein axils. Fall color in reds/yellow
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Furrowed
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    Bark gray-brown, furrowed and ridged
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Bud Scales:
    Enclosed in more than 2 scales
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree