Saturday, April 11, 2009

Car Trunk Trees: Stewatia pseudocamllia (Japanese Stewartia)

Here is the 2nd of our Car Trunk Tree Series

Stewatia pseudocamllia (Japanese Stewartia)

Why we love it: The dramatic exfoliating bark and great fall foliage.

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7
Height: 20 ft to 40 ft Spread: 20 ft to 40 ft
Form: pyramidal/oval in youth - more rounded in maturity
Type: deciduous tree
Annual Growth Rate: 6 to 12 inches
Flowers: White with yellow center Blooms in July

Prefers full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. Soil should be moist and ideally acidic. Dry soil will limit this trees growth. The real appeal of this tree is its stunning exfoliating bark. When branches reach 2" or 3" in diameter, the gray, gold, and brown pealing bark is a real stand-out as a winter interest.
Plus the Stewartia has fantastic fall foliage.

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Car trunk trees are baby trees, small enough to bring home in the trunk of your car. There are many advantages to planting trees on your property, and whatever challenges you face on your property, we have so many different varieties that will stay small, grow large, flower, tolerate wet, etc.

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