Silky Camellia
Stewartia malacodendron

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stewartia (stew-ART-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: malacodendron (mah-lah-koh-DEN-dron) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By air layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Florala, Alabama

Opp, Alabama

Pelham, Alabama

Clermont, Kentucky

West Tisbury, Massachusetts

Ringoes, New Jersey

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 29, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A beautiful large shrub with superbly beautiful flowers and a reputation for miffiness. Root rot seems to be its Achilles' heel. I'd make sure it has good drainage.

"This is a finicky species to culture and I have failed on four occasions."---Michael Dirr.

The co-national champions are 15' by 24' in Chesapeake, VA and 19' by 24' in Ponce de Leon, FL.

Native to the southeastern US.

Positive

On Mar 30, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a tall shrub, native from North America, yet to become a popular plant due to the difficulties in propagating it.

It has small, smooth leaves all through the branches. The flowers are solitary, with 5 white petals and a purple spot in the middle. There are many purple, or blue stamens.

It grows up to 5m tall, but requires some shade. It is frost tolerant, likes well drained soil. Do not overwater it.