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Commonly known as Chinese stewartia
(gemmata) - attractive flaking bark with elliptic leaves and large fragrant cup-shaped flowers. A rare species first introduced by Wilson in 1901
Deciduous - oval or elliptic, toothed, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long, turning bright- red in autumn.
Height - 4m-8m (15ft-30ft)
Spread - 4m (15ft)
Tall Shrub - or tree with red-brown bark. Produces rose-like flowers 5cm (2in) across, singly, along the shoots.
Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Full sun - shelter from strong winds.
Partial shade - dappled shade.
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - none.
Place of origin - central and eastern China.
Flower Shape - Cup-shaped
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Is Scented Plant - Scented flowers
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile.
Neutral to acid soil - humus-rich.
Tree Shape - Broadly conical
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 1) Collecting Seeds
Stewartia - Growing Guide
Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
Essential small tree protection from vermin and strimming. This pack includes 5 x 90cm canes and 5 x 90cm spiral guards. Includes instructions.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5