Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Deciduous camellia or Japanese camellia

Tag 103
54 deg 34.976N
5 deg 56.042W

The Stuartia tree is one of the few members of the tea family (Theaceae) that can be grown in temperate areas and is said to be hardy only in southern and western areas of the UK. It is a native of Japan and Korea. The young tree in Belfast Botanic Gardens has survived the severe cold of 2010 and 2011 winters and is flowering well. It is a small tree eventually reaching about 15m. In addition to its beautiful summer flowers the Stuartia can also produce brilliant dark red autumn colours.

Stewartia pseudocamellia in Belfast Botanic Gardens

leaf and flowers buds of Stewartia pseudocamellia

Young Stewartia pseudocamellia in Belfast Botanic Gardens Leaves and buds of Stewartia pseudocamellia

flower bud of Steuartia pseudocamellia

flower of Stewartia pseudocamellia

Bracts and bud of Stewartia pseudocamellia Flower of Stewartia pseudocamellia

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2011. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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