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Stewartia (Stuartia)

 Stewartia (Stuartia) - (Tree Type (Outdoors))

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Acid loving tree related to the camelia. Most common BONSAI>BONSAI varieties are "monadelpha" and "pseudocamellia".

Despite bearing large white FLOWERS and spectacular autumn foliage, the most striking aspect of this tree is its shiny, copper-brown BARK. Winter image is much treasured.

STYLE : Best suited to formal upright or group.

WARNING : Delicate bark scars easily from WIRING. If PRUNING scars properly hollowed and sealed they will heal invisibly. If not they will leave ugly lumps.

Care Info


REPOT : Every 2-3 years depending on age, in mid early spring.

SOIL : Ericaceous, free draining soil : 20:80 GRIT:organic.

PRUNE : Design by PRUNING rather than WIRING. Branch prune in early spring before buds appear.

PINCH : Trim new growth continually to 1 or 2 LEAVES to create or maintain SHAPE.

WATER : DAIly in summer, using rainwater to avoid any lime contamination.Do not allow to dry out.

FEED : Two weekly ericaceous feed during growing season, low nitrogen in autumn.

WARNING : Delicate BARK scars easily from wiring. If pruning scars properly hollowed and sealed they will heal invisibly. If not they will leave ugly lumps.

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