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Japanese Stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia

Common Name: Stewartia

Type: tree

Family: Theaceae

Zone: 5 to 8     Find Your Zone

Height: 15 to 20 feet

Width: 10 to 15 feet

Bloom Time: summer

Bloom Color: white with orange center

Sun exposure: full sun to partial shade

Fall Color: bronzy-purple

Soil: wet to moist

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen

This plant gets its name from its looking like a camellia but not being related to it. This small tree has a white flower that looks just like a camellia and the exfoliating bark of a crape myrtle. Stewartia is deciduous unlike camellias and likes wet to moist soil, also unlike camellia. The show that this plants foliage makes in the fall with its bronzy-purple foliage makes its losing of leaves totally worth it. Although this plant has so much to offer, it offers it slowly, as this plant is a slow grower.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-10-29T20:32:27+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL