Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia)
The Japanese Stewartia is perhaps the most commonly used in the home landscape. It is a small to medium sized tree that has a pyramidal shape. It has the exfoliating reddish-brown bark of all the Stewartias. The glossy green leaves are about 3 inches long. Their fall color is attractive shades of reddish-orange to burgundy.
The cup-shaped, camellia-like white flowers have showy orange-yellow anthers in the middle. The blossoms are about 2 ½ inches across, blooming in June in New England and earlier farther south.