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Stewartia malacodendron/Stewartia

Stewartia malacodendron / Stewartia malacodendron
Close-up of spring flowers and foliage
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Close-up of spring flowers and foliage

Mid summer seed pods and foliage

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Close look atf flowers that bloom in May

Fruit late in the season

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Scientific Name: Stewartia malacodendron
Common Name: Stewartia
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: Stewartias grow in deep fertile, well drained acidic soils with high organic matter content and partial shade along streams and spring-fed bluffs and hillsides in mixed woodlands. Large white flower buds are followed by white solitary, five-petalled, cup-shaped flowers opening to reveal dark purple stamens. This is truly a most exotic flower. Plants are difficult to grow and should never be transplanted from the native stands in Southern forests and woodlands.