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Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for June 29th - July 11th, 2005

Picture of Stewartia malacodendron.  Click here for a larger image.
This is Stewartia malacodendron, or silky camellia.

This native shrub is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-9, and has been in cultivation since 1752.
If you are up for a gardening challenge this finicky shrub is for you. Silky camellias prefer to live in filtered shade,
along ravine slopes, and have a bloom date range from April to June. As the temperature heats up throughout
the day the flower will open up and flatten, displaying its vibrant stamens. As the temperature
cools in the evening the flowers fold back up into a ball for the night. You can view this
Stewartia malacodendron in the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection.

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