Mountain Camellia

Our mountain camellia (aka: Stewartia ovata) is in full flower this week at JLBG. Despite its reputation as being difficult to grow, our plant has reached 12′ tall after a decade in the ground. This native deciduous small tree can be found from Virginia south to Alabama, centered on the spine of the Appalachian mountains. Hardiness is Zone 5-8.

Stewartia ovata
Stewartia ovata

2 thoughts on “Mountain Camellia

  1. Excellent post! I plan to try this in the future, as some populations grow within 15-20 mi of my home. Any tips on cultivation? The ones near us seem to be on silty streambanks that never dry out, which would be harder for us to achieve.

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