University of Florida

Stewartia malacodendron (Silky Camellia)

Silky Camellia

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  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 7B - 9A
  • Mature Height: 12 to 18 ft
  • Mature Spread: 15 to 25 ft
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Availability: Rarely available
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Salt Tolerance: Unknown
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
  • Native Origin: Native to Florida.
  • Soil Drainage: Tolerates well-drained sites to occasionally wet sites.
  • Foliage: Deciduous tree with showy fall color.
  • Flowers: White, very showy flowers in the spring.
  • Pests: Free of serious pests and diseases.

Description: One of the most beautiful Florida native flowering trees. The national champion is in the panhandle of Florida.

Gainesville Observations: One tree died in our test. Remaining trees are struggling and appear poorly adapted to the full sun conditions at our site. We replanted and will try again.

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