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PlantFiles: Tall Stewartia
Stewartia monadelpha

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stewartia (stew-ART-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: monadelpha (mon-ah-DEL-fuh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral NorthSC On May 31, 2013, NorthSC from North, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Planted it as a 10 inch plant in a large pot with excellent soil and kept in a sunroom by the window and it started yellowing on the window side, so I moved it outside in the morning sun but a shade in the afternoon. It keeps on yellowing and some leaves burned light brown now.

June 30, 2013 update: the plant is still slowly declining and not growing at all. The ends of the branches are now bare. The seller advised to water it less and that's what I did. Also the soil is a really good mix that I mix myself from several ingredients that all plants love. Still no improvement.

Mid July update: the plant showed signs of growth after I stopped watering it and giving it just a cupful of ice cubes. It is protected from rain in a rain shelter.

Germinating this tree: I bought hundreds of seed, cold stratified, warm stratified, etc. Months later, no germination. not a single seed. Very hard to germinate! No wonder they are impossible to find.

Neutral Monocromatico On Apr 27, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is an asiatic short tree, reaching up to 10 meters tall at most. It has a smooth trunk with a cinnamom brown inner bark, It has a pyramidal shape, with a deep green foliage that turn red on fall. The flowers are small, white, slightly fragrant, single on the leaf axil, with many yellow stamens.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Annapolis, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland
West Tisbury, Massachusetts
Portland, Oregon
North, South Carolina
Seattle, Washington

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