This is not a common tree here. It's a slow grower, and loves moisture. And, the flowers don't last long.
Cutler Botanic Gardens in Binghamton, New York has the above specimen.
So, what are the lessons of the Stewartia?
According to Monvovia Nursery:
This unique genus of shrubs is classified into the tea family, Theaceae, which shows they are linked to the camellia, also evidenced by the species name. Linnaeus named the genus after John Sturat, the Earl of Buete and patron of the botanical sciences. Stewartia contains six species of shrubs and small trees all native to Asia and North America.. It is native to Japan.The lesson that the Stewartia has taught me? All trees are special, and if you don't look up, you don't know what you might be missing.
Now, I invite you to join Parul and other bloggers for #ThursdayTreeLove. Simply post a picture of a tree, and link back to Parul's blog, and visit the other blogs participating.
While you are at it, also check out the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Day 13 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.