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Trees That Please
Published: 09/05/2013

The Japanese Stewartia is a Four-Season Beauty

Looking for an attractive tree that provides year–round interest in the landscape? Take a look at the Japanese Stewartia, a standout variety well suited for small to medium size yards. This multi stemmed deciduous tree is slow growing, spreading 15-30 feet and reaching about 30 feet high, adding a touch of elegance to the landscape. It is a tree for all seasons with striking late spring-early summer flowers, superb fall color and sinewy, exfoliating bark. The flowers are white and camellia-like. The foliage in summer is dark green, catching on fire in the fall with shades of red, purple and yellow. When it comes to the Japanese Stewartia, bark is the name of the game, a show all on its own. The bark begins to exfoliate once the branches reach three inches in diameter giving way to a smooth, strangely muscular-looking camouflaged trunk. One of the best trees for winter interest the Japanese Stewartia has it all, eye appeal and character, it will be a focal point in your landscape all year long. Stewartia prefers moist, acidic, well-drained soil in full morning sun or partial shade making it well suited to the Pacific Northwest. Tree selection is a long term investment maturing over time, by selecting a standout variety suited to your landscape, you will never regret the investment. - By Ingrid Mueller

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