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| Silky Camellia, Virginia Stewartia, Round-fruited Stewartia|
Silky camellia is rare in East Texas but ranges east into Florida and north to Virginia. It grows on the rich, well-drained deep soils of wooded banks and hills. Its dark green leaves set off its exquisite 3-inch diameter white flowers bearing purple filaments with blue anthers. The petals are silky and pubescent as is the lower leaf surface. Silky camellia requires loam or peat soil. It has been in cultivation since 1752.
Plant Habit or Use: large shrub
Exposure: partial sun
Flower Color: white with purple and blue stamens
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: capsule
Height: 20 feet
Width: 8 to 10 feet
Plant Character: deciduous
Heat Tolerance: high
Soil Requirements: acid