i suspect thai there is not a gardener who, upon swing rtm species, would nut opt for one in the garden. Flowers and (all foliage can be memorable. but the exquisite lightning-bolt pattern at the exfoliating bark is the real show, bringing pi/azy to the winter garden, tienerally pyramidal-ovil in youth, the habit becomes more open and rounded with maturity. The character of the lurk is not particularly dazzling until the branches reach 2 to J in. in diameter, at which time the bark exfoliates In striking patterns of grjy+ orange, and red-brown The 2- to V/*-in.-long, medium to dark green leaves have serrated margins. I eas es emerge bronzy purple and, in tjJl, may develop excellent orange to red to br i > m e- red i oh >r The fc ve - pet a led, white flow ■ ers, 2 to 2V. <to 3) in. in diameter, have a central golden orange mass of anthers. I lowers open in July 1 he fruit is a hve-valsred, brownish capsule that splits at maturity to expose the brown seeds Idea lis soils should be moist, well drained, and on the acid side. Hants prefer full sun but also perform well in partial shade High summer heat and dry soil conditions limit the growth of the species. Japanese Stewartia is ideal as an accent or focal point. Several trees In a grovelike setting are tern he. Expect, at best, f> to 12 in. ot growth per year until well established
Grows 20 to 40 ft. high and wide at mature landscape Size. Zones 14)5 to 7, Japan.
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