May 20, 2024

Planting a Stewartia Tree

The stewartia tree is an excellent, small to medium-sized, deciduous garden tree. It is also one of my favorites.

The Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, is native to Japan, Korea, and the southeastern United States. It is a slow-growing, all-season performer that show off green leaves in spring, white flowers in summer, and colorful foliage in autumn. It also has attractive exfoliating bark, which peels away in strips of gray, reddish-brown, and orange. Recently, my outdoor grounds crew planted an 18-foot stewartia tree gifted to me by our friends at Select Horticulture Inc. in nearby Pound Ridge, New York because its root ball was misshapen and as a result had grown crooked, making it difficult to sell. But it looks great here at my farm across from my winding pergola and just next to, of course, my stewartia garden.

Here are some photos.