The genus Stewartia is less well known but is one of our favourites. Stewartia is mostly a deciduous shrub or small tree related to the more familiar Camellia. Hence the name of the most often planted Stewartia: Stewartia pseudocamellia which means “the false Camellia”.

There are however several other species worth growing: e.g. Stewartia malacodendron, Stewartia monadelpha, Stewartia sinensis and Stewartia serrata. Because of their beautiful bark, charming flowers and outstanding autumn colors, these are wonderful plants for every season.

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Please click on the picture below and see for yourself whether Stewartia would fit in your garden(design).

Stewartia pseudocamellia

Stewartia pseudocamellia

Stewartia pseudocamellia 'Harold Hillier'

Stewartia pseudocamellia (hybrid)

Stewartia rostrata

Stewartia pseudocamellia

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