Stewartia pseudocamellia commonly known as the Japanese or Korean stewartia is a tree found within the US, UK and temperate areas of Australia and New Zealand. It has superb four-season interest. The flowers of this tree closely resemble camellias—hence its species name, meaning like a camellia. Stewartias and camellias are, in fact both in the tea family.
Stewartia pseudocamellia has amazing autumn foliage of bright yellows and red. In addition to its magnificently hued, flaking bark: red, orange and grey, for winter-long interest. During the summer months, white cup shaped flowers with bright yellow anthers can be seen appearing on tree whenever few other woody plants are blooming.
Stewartias prefer a slightly acid soil and enjoy a semi-shaded position offering some protection from harsh winds. Other than that it is a tree that will slowly climb to 10, perhaps even 15 meters with a fine, open, spreading form. It is free from pests and diseases and will remain a well-mannered, handsome specimen for many years. Hardy to -15°C.