Stewartia villosa Merrill

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Credits

John Grimshaw (2016)

Recommended citation
Grimshaw, J. (2016), 'Stewartia villosa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/stewartia/stewartia-villosa/). Accessed 2021-10-21.

Genus

Glossary

serrate
With saw-like teeth at edge. serrulate Minutely serrate.

Credits

John Grimshaw (2016)

Recommended citation
Grimshaw, J. (2016), 'Stewartia villosa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/stewartia/stewartia-villosa/). Accessed 2021-10-21.

Evergreen tree, 8–20 m. Bark of mature trees unknown; first year twigs spreading villous or appressed pubescent. Leaves (4.5–)6–13(–21) × (2.4–)3–5.5(–7) cm, elliptic-oblong, oblong, or lanceolate, leathery, both surfaces villous or pubescent but sometimes glabrescent, 10–16 pairs of veins, margin weakly serrate, apex acute to shortly acuminate, base rounded; petiole 1–2 cm, spreading villous or appressed pubescent, wings c. 2 mm wide. Flowers solitary; pedicel 6–8 mm, villous; bracteoles lanceolate, 0.8–1.5 cm, villous; sepals 1.5–1.8 × (0.4–)0.6–0.8 cm, unequal, ovate-lanceolate, apex acute, villous externally; corolla yellowish-white, lobes c. 1.8 × 1.2 cm, obovate; stamens c. 1 cm, filaments fused at the base; ovary conical, tomentose. Capsule c. 1.8 cm, conical. Flowering June–July (China). (Ming & Bartholomew 2007).

Distribution  China Guangdong, Guangxi, southern Jiangxi

Habitat Forests, 200–1200 m asl.

USDA Hardiness Zone 9-10

RHS Hardiness Rating H2

Conservation status Not evaluated (NE)

This little-known tree from southern China is in cultivation in southwestern England, but as yet its potential as a tree or its long-term hardiness are unknown. Images of a young specimen growing in South Devon show attractive glossy dark green leaves with a leathery texture and stiffly serrate margins, held on reddish-brown young twigs.