Common name: Japanese stewartia
Stewartia pseudocamellia is a star of the Rhododendron Walk and the Sino-Himalayan Garden. It has white, camellia-like blossoms in the summer, and its mottled orange and gray bark takes pride of place in the winter, especially along the Rhodo Walk. Fall colour is magnificent.
The Stewartia genus was named by Linnaeus to honour John Stuart, a British prime minister who was an avid botanist. The spelling of his name was confused with the spelling of 'Stewart', and the error continues to this day.
Autumn colour photo by Tresa Horney.