Stuartia pseudocamellia at Parc Cefn Onn

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Stuartia pseudocamellia
late May 2015

Grid reference ST 17868 83977
Common name Deciduous camellia
Alternative name Stewartia pseudocamellia
Origin Japan
Deciduous Yes
Status Rather rare
Status Glamorgan Champion 2013
Height 13M June 2015
Girth 76cm May 2015
Reference 022

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.

Stuartia pseudocamellia bark

Stuartia pseudocamellia bark
November 2017

Stuartia pseudocamellia leaf

Stuartia pseudocamellia leaves
early August 2015

Stuartia pseudocamellia bud

Stuartia pseudocamellia leaves & flower bud
mid June 2016

Stuartia pseudocamellia flower

Stuartia pseudocamellia flower
early July 2016

Stuartia pseudocamellia flower2

Stuartia pseudocamellia flower
early July 2016

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)