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Stewartia malacodendron

Native Plants

Silky Camellia

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With a profusion of 2-3” wide white camellia-like flowers with pale pink to purple centers covering multi-stemmed 8-12’ tall plants in mid-June, Stewartia malacodendron is a delightful addition to virtually any garden. Among our most unusual and showy woodland native plants, this deciduous shrub or small tree performs best in partial shade to sun in well-drained, acidic soils. In good years, silky camellia can develop excellent greenish-yellow to yellow fall color. Silky camellia makes an excellent accent or specimen plant and combines well with Chamaelirium luteum, Dicentra eximia, Lilium michauxii, Iris verna, Kalmia latifolia, Clematis viorna, Rhododendron canescens, and Vaccinium corymbosum.

More Details

  • Plant Type
    shrub, tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, late-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color