Mountain Camellia (Stewartia ovata)

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

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

illustration from L'Herbier general de l'amateur, 1843

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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old names for Stewartia ovata by scvirginia Jan 18, 2019 7:44 PM 7
Paeonia obovata at Rundle Wood Gardens by NMay Apr 20, 2018 9:08 AM 4

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