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Japanese Stewartia | Plant Profile

Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia) are medium sided narrow trees or shrubs. The flowers, fall colors, and exfoliating bark bring multi-season interest, perfect for small yards or landscapes.

Japanese Stewartia prefers fertile, consistently moist, acidic, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. Consistent, well drained moisture is necessary as these trees are not tolerant of drought or clay. They perform best with some protection from winter winds and snow.

These small- medium trees can be planted near structures or pavement. They enhance front yards or patio spaces, as well as naturalized woodland areas.


Japanese Stewartia Characteristics

Japanese Stewartia are small to medium sized trees with a pyramidal or columnar shape. When grown as trees, they can reach up to 40'. When grown as multi-stemmed shrubs, they generally only reach to 15' tall. Small white flowers with yellow centers bloom in summer. The dark green foliage of spring and summer becomes shades of bright red and orange in fall. Even the bark is ornamental, exfoliating in the winter.

These multi-season interest trees are not prone to serious insect or disease problems, making them low maintenance and easy to care for.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 8
12.00 - 40.00
8.00 - 25.00'
Bloom Time
June - July


Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?