Stewartia monadelpha, how do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
Dearest tree of my heart, oft overshadowed by your sweet sister, Stewartia pseudocamellia, I pen this love note to you. Without taking anything from your worthy kin, you deserve your own time in the spotlight, so I take this moment to shower you with adoration.
Be still my heart — though slow to mature, you're worth the wait and only get better as you age. Your smooth muscular form as you mature is a sight to behold. A garden-worthy tree, perfectly suited for smaller gardens, you'll never wear out your welcome by getting too big.
Through the seasons and through the years, you've got it all: summer blooms, fall color and a pleasing physique. My love for you shall endure!
White camellia-like blooms in summer sparkle against rich green foliage.
In fall, the summertime green foliage gives way to vibrant red tones.
Me, loving up a mature specimen during a recent visit to the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle.
Other all-season trees worthy of love
- Acer griseum — Paperbark Maple
- Lagerstroemia 'Zuni' — Crape Myrtle
- Stewartia pseudocamellia — Japanese Stewartia