Native Region: Japan, Korea
Zone Range: 06-09
Preferred Climate: Temperate
Harvest Date: Sunday 22 November, 2009
Seed count: 15-20
Columnar to conical deciduous tree with peeling, red-brown bark. This tree has lance-shaped glossy dark green leaves that turn orange and red in autumn. In midsummer, cup-shaped white flowers with creamy filaments and violet anthers are borne singly or in pairs. In gardens, this tree will reach 25 feet height and spread.
Stewartias are trees of such remarkable qualities that it’s surprising they’re not more widely available.
For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. Plant seed in containers in a coldframe in autumn or spring. Scarification and cold stratification may improve germination if seed is planted in the spring. Grow on in moist but well-drained neutral to acidic humusy soil in full sun or light shade.