Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Stewartia malacodendron L.
Silky camellia, Virginia stewartia
Theaceae (Tea Family)
Silky camellia is a large, open-branched shrub
growing up to 10 feet tall. Leaves are alternate, deciduous,
2–4 inches long and half as wide, silky below, and distinctly veined. Flowers are white to cream-colored, 2–3 inches across, and saucer-shaped. The petals are crimped at the margins and wider at the tip. The numerous dark-purple stamen filaments and bluish anthers are conspicuous.
related to the evergreen
camellias, honors John Stuart (1713-92), the Earl of Bute and a patron of botany. The species name is Greek for soft tree,
referring to the silky hairs covering the lower leaf surface.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Flowers are white to cream-colored.
AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX , VA Native Distribution:
Coastal plain from s.e. VA to FL & extreme e. TX Native Habitat:
Wooded banks & hillsides USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Description: Acid, humus-rich, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Silky camellia prefers deep shade during the heat of the day, but thrives on early morning sun.