April 1, 2016

Planting Stewartia Trees at the Farm

It’s no secret how much I love planting trees, and because I also feel strongly about reforestation and giving back to the earth, the more trees planted, the better.

This spring, I decided to fill the area across from my long clematis pergola with beautiful tree specimens. I recently visited one of my favorite sources, Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, Connecticut, to select the new plantings. I chose a collection of different Stewartia trees. Stewartias are native to Japan, Korea, and the southeastern United States. 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. The varieties I chose include: Stewartia gemmata, Stewartia x. henryae, Stewartia pseudocamellia ‘Ballet’, Stewartia monadelpha, Stewartia rostrata, and Stewartia henry ‘Skyrocket’. Here are some photos.