Japanese Stewartia is an overwhelmingly beautiful small tree with three seasons of interest. Its most prominent feature is its smooth and mottled bark of cream and taupe. In May and June, it displays large white flowers with a prominent boss of yellow anthers. (Stewartia is in the same botanical family as Camellia.) Its fall foliage is an explosion of oranges and reds. Japanese Stewartia is a Pacific Northwest ‘Great Plant Pick‘ and has won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. This tree will take a prominent position in the north conservatory bed (Bed 501) near the Bush House Museum.
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