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Stewartia ovata

Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

Scientific Name:

Stewartia ovata

Genus:

Stewartia

Species Epithet:

ovata

Common Name:

Mountain Camellia, Mountain Stewartia

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Theaceae (Tea Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Mesic forests, especially acidic bluffs, often in openings in rhododendron thickets (“hells”), in the Coastal Plain of VA restricted to ravines. Rare to uncommon in southwestern mountain counties and the foothill of NC, very rare in the rest of the southern NC mountains and Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SR-P: Significantly Rare: Peripheral (*Key)

Notes:

Flowers white with showy yellow stamens. Good fall color.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/stewartia-ovata/

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=STOV



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