STUARTIA PENTAGYNA (_syn Malachodendron ovatum_).--North America, 1785.
This differs only from the S. virginica in having five distinct styles,
hence the name. Under very favourable circumstances this is the taller
growing species, and the leaves and flowers are larger.
S. PSEUDO-CAMELLIA (_syn S. grandiflora_).--Japan, 1879. This is of
recent introduction, and differs from the others in the flowers being
rather larger, and of a purer white, and supplied with yellow instead of
red stamens. It is quite hardy in Southern England and Ireland at least.
S. VIRGINICA (_syn S. marylandica_).--North America, 1743. This is a
handsome free-growing shrub, of often 10 feet in height, with large,
creamy-white flowers, that are rendered all the more conspicuous by the
crimson-red stamens. The flowers--like those of a single Rose, and fully
2-1/2 inches across--are produced in May. Quite hardy, as many fine
specimens in some of our old English gardens will point out.
Though, perhaps, rather exacting in their requirements, the Stuartias
may be very successfully grown if planted in light, moist, peaty earth,
and where they will be screened from cold, cutting winds.
Other S Tree Species