|Grid reference||ST 17868 83977|
|Common name||Deciduous camellia|
|Alternative name||Stewartia pseudocamellia|
|Status||Glamorgan Champion 2013|
|Height||13M June 2015|
|Girth||76cm May 2015|
This tree is on the east side of the lower park, beside the east path. In November 2017 most of the leaves were down and those remaining were of yellow/orange colour.
General tree description
Stuartia (or Stewartia) pseudocamellia is a small to medium-sized tree, up to around 15 metres tall, characterised by flaking orange-cream bark. It has ovate leaves which turn yellow and red in autumn, and large (6cm wide), white, camellia-like flowers in mid-summer.
"The genus was named in honour of John Stuart, Earl of Bute (1713-92), a gifted amateur botanist... Linnaeus was misled into spelling the generic name "Stewartia". This unintentional mis-spelling was amended to Stuartia by L'Heritier in 1785, and the generic name was almost universally so spelt throughout the 19th century." (W.J. Bean Trees & shrubs hardy in the British Isles, 8th edition revised, Volume IV, page 507)