Native to: Japan Crown: Pyramidal Height: 40 - 60 feet Width: 20 - 40 feet Growth Rate: Slow
Characteristics: Foliage is red to purple-red in fall and in summer it has 2-1/2" white flowers with orange anthers resembling camellias. As this tree ages the bark exfoliates attractively. It likes moist acidic soil with a high organic content, but is moderately drought tolerant when it is planted in shade.
Negative Features: It needs ample water, especially when it is young. Requires pruning to develop a tree form and to maintain an 8' - 10' canopy suitable for street tree use.
Uses: Good for all street situations where room allows on arterial, collector and residential streets. Best used in limited quantity.
Comments: Japanese Stewartia grows very slowly when it is young. It is seldom used.