scorching plant: stewartia, an excellent small tree


stewartia-bloomsI LIKE PLANTS THAT EARN THEIR KEEP. By that I imply they do greater than every week or two of displaying off; they give the impression of being good in additional than a single second, or season. The small-ish to medium bushes within the genus Stewartia are an excellent guess if that’s the sort of multi-season curiosity you might be in search of. Sound good?

The Latin particular epithet, or species title, of the Stewartia I develop is pseudocamellia, which roughly means it disguises itself as a camellia when in bloom (a nod to the look of its pretty and plentiful white June-into-July flowers, and the very fact they’re very distant relations within the Tea Household).

However this Stewartia, from Japan, which will get to possibly 25 toes or so in a Northeast backyard setting and is comfortable partly shade or solar, isn’t content material to supply up simply good flowers for the privilege of residing with you. It provides you peeling, pretty bark all season lengthy (beneath), and scorching fall shade, too, because the leaves ultimately change. I ought to warn that it grows slowly, so that is an funding piece, not prompt success, and adaptable to Zones 5-8.

stewartia-trunkI like my stewartias to be multi-stem and breaking low from the bottom, as a substitute of single-trunk, however such aesthetic concerns are as much as you. An even bigger cousin is S. monadelpha, additionally from Japan; S. koreana (from the place it sounds prefer it’s from) is one other showy selection, with orange bark.

What I insist is that you simply a minimum of agree to have a look at Stewartia subsequent time you’re in an excellent woody plant nursery and consider this: What different garden-scale tree provides summer time flowers (preceded by showy marble-size buds, backside photograph, by the best way, in my pseudocamellia); scorching fall foliage, plus winter curiosity within the type of textural bark and beautiful construction?

Guess after studying this you already know the reply to at the moment’s quiz, huh?

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