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Chinese Stewartia Stewartia sinensis

Phonetic Spelling
stew-ART-ee-uh sy-NEN-sis
Description

Chinese Stewartia is a small flowering tree native to China.  It has fragrant white flowers, leaves that turn a beautiful bright red in the fall and interesting papery brown and purple peeling bark.  Plant in the full sun to partial or dappled shade in moist, well-drained high organic matter acidic soils.  Shelter this plant from strong winds.  

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#showy flowers#deciduous#small tree#interesting bark#white flowers#fragrant leaves#cottage garden#flowering tree#mid-summer flowers#deciduous tree#exfoliating bark#peeling bark
 
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#showy flowers#deciduous#small tree#interesting bark#white flowers#fragrant leaves#cottage garden#flowering tree#mid-summer flowers#deciduous tree#exfoliating bark#peeling bark
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stewartia
    Species:
    sinensis
    Family:
    Theaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    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)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    White flowers are showy and slightly fragrant appear mid-summer
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, dark green ovate leaves turn bright red in the fall.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    Brown-purple peeling bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree
    Small Tree