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