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Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis
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Very rare in cultivation, Stewartia sinensis is a small tree with slightly smaller flowers than Stewartia pseudocamellia, but flaking papery brown and purple bark & glorious autumn colours. The flowers are slightly scented, and pale pink or white, usually appearing in mid summer. The leaves are dark green, turning crimson red in autumn before falling.

As Stewartias go, this is fairly easy in cultivation given lime free soil and some shelter from severe wind and late frosts when young.

Supplied Size: 2L containers (young plants, 25 - 40 cm tall) - very limited number available

  • Position: Sheltered in sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Fertile, moist, soil. Prefers acid or lime free soil but will also grow in a neutral soil rich in organic matter.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Stewartia sinensis must be protected from late frosts as a young plant although a specimen in our arboretum seems more resistant to late frost than other Stewartia species..
  • Flowering Period: July - August.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Stewartia sinensis grows to be a small pyramidal, branching tree.
    • Height: up to 8 m (26 ft)
    • Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
  • Notes: Please be aware that although we usually guarantee plants for a year after purchase, we will not replace a Stewartia sinensis which is damaged or killed in a late spring frost.


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