Stewartias are lovely woodland trees 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 camelias in May-June, and colorful leaves in autumn.

Exfoliating bark creates a beautiful spectacle in winter after leaves fall. Stewartias are at home in woodland settings and make lovely specimen trees as well. Their natural habitat is in the understory, so Stewartias should not be placed in extremely hot areas, and are happiest when growing in afternoon shade.

Stewartia koreana

Stewartia koreana: Korean Stewartia

White flowers in June-July are more open than others, very showy bark flakes off to show a patchwork of green, gray, brown, rust, terra-cotta, and cream.

Grows 20-30', best in part shade, hardy Z5

Stewartia monadelpha

Stewartia monadelpha: Tall Stewartia

The common name is somewhat misleading, as "tall" Stewartia is on the shorter side, growing to around 20-25'. White flowers in early summer, densely branched and cloaked in green leaves that turn red and purple in autumn. Bark is copper and peels.

Grows 20-25', best in part shade, hardy Z6

Stewartia pseudocamellia

Stewartia pseudocamellia: Japanese Stewartia

White camellia-like flowers in June, dark green leaves turn yellow, red to dark reddish purple in fall. Very showy bark shows a patchwork of green, gray, brown, rust, terra-cotta, and cream. 

Grows 35-40' tall, part shade, hardy Z5