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Mountain Camellia
Scientific Name: Stewartia ovata (Cav.) Weatherby
Synonym: Malachodendron pentagynum, Stewartia pentagyna
Family: Theaceae
Mountain Camellia (Stewartia  ovata)
Stewartia pentagyna, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 527. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-6,14-17,20,21
USDA: 5-9

Sun Exposure: Sun to part shade

Origin: Southeastern USA

Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub, 10 to 15 feet tall (3-4.5 m), 10 to 12 feet wide (3-3.6 m); stems are reddish on the top; dark green, slightly pubescent, simple, ovate leaves, 2 to 5 inches long (5-12 cm), 1 to 2.4 inches wide (2.5-6 cm), orange to scarlet in the fall

Watering Needs: Moist soil; does not tolerate heat or drought, prefers acidic soil, difficult to transplant

Propagation: Cuttings, seeds

Blooming Habits:
White flowers, 2.5 to 3 inches in diameter (6-7.5 cm) in early summer.

Fruiting Habits:
The fruit is a one inch long (2.5 cm) woody capsule.

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