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Stewartia sinensis (Chinese stewartia)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
20m
Max height
8m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Stewartia sinensis

Other names

Chinese stewartia

Genus

Stewartia Stewartia

Species

S. sinensis - S. sinensis is a broadly conical or spreading, large deciduous shrub or small tree with peeling, reddish-brown bark, ovate, toothed, dark green leaves turning bright red in autumn and cup-shaped, fragrant, white flowers in summer.


Stewartia sinensis is: Deciduous

Tree shape

Broadly conical

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Bright-red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1: minimal

Propagation methods

Layering, Seed, Semi-ripe cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Stewartia sinensis (Chinese stewartia) will reach a height of 20m and a spread of 8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in full sun or light shade. Ensure shelter from cold, drying winds. Resents transplanting.

Soil type

Sandy, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Stewartia sinensis

Other names

Chinese stewartia

Genus

Stewartia Stewartia

Species

S. sinensis - S. sinensis is a broadly conical or spreading, large deciduous shrub or small tree with peeling, reddish-brown bark, ovate, toothed, dark green leaves turning bright red in autumn and cup-shaped, fragrant, white flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Tree shape

Broadly conical

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Bright-red in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1: minimal

Propagation methods

Layering, Seed, Semi-ripe cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Stewartia sinensis (Chinese stewartia) will reach a height of 20m and a spread of 8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in full sun or light shade. Ensure shelter from cold, drying winds. Resents transplanting.

Soil type

Sandy, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6

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