General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 10 to 15 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: 1 inch long, woody capsules.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Resistances: Humidity tolerant

Common names
  • Mountain Camellia
  • Mountain Stewartia
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Stewartia ovata
  • Synonym: Stewartia ovata f. grandiflora
  • Synonym: Malachodendron pentagynum

Photo Gallery
Location: Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts
Date: 07/14/2017
photo by the Plant Image Library via Flickr:
Location: Swain, North Carolina
Date: 06/19/2012
photo by Koen Camelbeke via Trees and Shrubs Online: https://www.

Date: c. 1800-05
illustration by P. J. Redouté from Duhamel's 'Traité des arbres

Date: c. 1843
illustration from L'Herbier general de l'amateur, 1843

Date: c. 1935
illustration from 'Addisonia', 1935

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