- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Mature Height: 30-40' tall
- Mature Width: 20-30' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 25-30' apart
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
Why the Japanese Stewartia?
Say the words “Japanese Stewartia” to anyone who knows trees, and you’ll see a dreamy look in her eyes as a smile spreads across her face. Because of its seductive beauty and four-season appeal, this gorgeous ornamental tree is among the most coveted of all flowering trees by people in the know. Plant one in your yard and you’ll soon know why. In early summer it will charm you with its sparkling white camellia-like blossoms, in autumn it will win you over with its fiery fall colors, and all year long you won’t be able to take your eyes off its smooth, muscly, multi-colored bark! All tree lovers agree: this one is truly exquisite.
Stewartia was named in 1753 by Carolus Linnaeus to honor John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. Due to a spelling error during transcription, Stuart was spelled Stewart and then consequently called Stewartia. John Stuart was said to be handsome with a fine pair of legs. Perhaps this was the reason Linnaeus named this handsome tree after him. Loving plants until the end, John Stuart died due to injuries from a fall off a 30 foot cliff collecting plant specimens near his home.
How to use in the landscape?
This outstanding flowering tree is one of the best. Large white flowers bloom in early summer and the dark green leaves turn red to purple in autumn. Distinguished, reddish-brown peeling bark provides an exceptional look and a winter interest that makes this extraordinary tree a must have for your landscape. A Gold Medal Award winner from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and a Cary Award winner from the Worcester County Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness, and eye-appeal.
Why Bower & Branch?
At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.
- Trusted, Experienced Growers
- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise
- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.
We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.
How To Plant
Japanese Stewartia can be a fabulous tree if planted in the right location and I absolutely love mine! They like full sun but tolerate some shade and they prefer to be planted in an area where it won’t get beaten up by wind. When it comes to soil conditions – this is where the Japanese Stewartia can be a little fussy. They will do best in highly organic, well-drained soil that is slightly on the acidic side. Once your Japanese Stewartia is planted in its new home, the rest is fairly simple because they are practically maintenance and pest-free. The first 3 years or so that your tree is planted in your yard, apply a low rate fertilizer once a year in the fall. Japanese Stewartias are very slow growing, which is probably the biggest reason why they aren’t used as frequently as they should be. Since they are slow growers – you should not prune very often, if at all. They have a very informal shape and you might want to prune slightly to the shape that you desire, but understand that the growth habit of the Japanese Stewartia tends to have an open form. This “openness” shows off the fabulous exfoliating bark! If you do prune, do so after the tree blooms.
How To Water
Japanese Stewartia will appreciate watering deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground to encourage a deep, extensive root system. Irrigate weekly, especially during prolonged dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 5-8
How Does Shipping Work?
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.
We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.
*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.
90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:
Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).
Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone: 866-873-3888 - Or via Online Chat
Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.
If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.
* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.
At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).