Native Region: Eastern Asia, Japan
Zone Range: 05-09
Preferred Climate: temperate
Harvest Date: Sunday 17 July, 2016
Seed count: 15-20
This lovely deciduous tree has dark green, serrated leaves and bears creamy-white, camellia-like flowers with yellow stamens in summer. The tree has attractive, cinnamon-brown exfoliating bark and purple-red fall foliage colour. Height and spread to 25 feet.
Stewartia serrata is one of the earliest Stewartias to bloom.
For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. Scarification may improve germination. Never allow seed to dry out. Warm stratify for 4 months; follow with period of 3 months of cold stratification. Then plant in containers at 20 degrees Celsius for germination. Grow on in moist but well-drained, acidic humusy soil in full sun or light shade.