Stewartia malacodendron

silky camelia, Virginia stewartia


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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant. This is an open-branched shrub that can be trained into a small tree. It prefers habitats under a high canopy.
Propagation: According to, one method of propagation by seed is to sow fresh seeds in cold frame or greenhouse and keep the seedlings lightly shaded the first year. Another method is to double-stratify the seeds and fall sow in a well-protected spot. Germination may take two years.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Acid to neutral


Native Habitats: Slope forest, upland hardwood forest, baygall. On acidic soils.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

The cream-colored petals are crimped at the margins with numerous dark-purple stamen filaments and bluish anthers. Silky hairs cover the lower leaf surface.