Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Fake camellia

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Fake camellia

Look at this! It's my Japanese Stewartia tree, a.k.a. Stewartia pseudocamellia, which is a bit of an unfortunate botanical name. How could you call this a pseudo anything? The name, of course, comes from the blossoms, which do look a lot like a camellia. They arrive in summer - small, white with yellow centers. The bark of this medium-sized tree is also pretty as it peels off, revealing a multi-colored, mottled look underneath. But it's the foliage that gets me every fall. It's purple, red and gold and shouts for attention from the otherwise brown, brown and more brown garden. Although slow-growing trees make me antsy, I'm happy to have this one. It's filling a small space very nicely. We'll have lots of years to savor the show. 

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