Growing Stewartia Trees In Your Yards
Flaky bark and frilly white blossoms with vibrant deep yellow stamens define the elegant look of stewartia trees. Stewartia trees are specimen quality trees that are native to Japan, Korea, and the southeastern U.S. All are slow-growing, all-season performers that show off fresh green leaves in spring, white flowers resembling single camellias in summer, and colorful foliage in autumn. Stewartia’s showy trunk and foliage colors often prompt gardeners to plant the tree as a focal point, either near a patio area or directly in the middle of your yard. Your chosen yard location, however, needs to have a well-drained soil structure. In fact, tall stewartias enjoy different soil types, from clay to sandy loam, but it must have a good supply of organic matter to hold consistent moisture and rich nutrients. The full sunlight location is perfect for the foliage’s photosynthesis processes, but the roots are not fond of the hot yard position. As a solution, mulch or a thick evergreen ground cover needs to completely shelter the roots from the sun’s strong rays. The ground cover or mulch also protects the immediate soil structure from losing moisture to evaporation.
Your yard does not need to use the stewartia tree as a focal point. In fact, immature stewartia trees are perfect as a shrub border accent piece; the trunk’s red tone provides a visual feast as various shrubs surround its base. But you need to consider the tree’s eventual mature size when using it as a border enhancement. The stewartia still requires enough space for limb and root spread along with full sunlight. Locate the stewartia away from roof overhangs, or any other obstructions, since these trees do not respond well to transplants.