|Stewartia ovata is a large shrub to small tree, with spreading branches. Summer foliage is dark green changing to a dramatic orange to scarlet in fall. Large, showy, white flowers have 5 to 6 crimped petals, purple to white filaments, 2 to 4 inches wide. Summer blooming. Somewhat hard to transplant so should be moved as a young plant, less than 5 feet tall. Prefers soil with high organic matter such as peat moss or leaf mold, full sun. In hot climates they may need some shade. They seldom need to be pruned and are free of pests. Excellent specimen plant, not to be hidden away. Native from N.Carolina, Tennessee, to Florida.