A Fall Prune (And How Stewartia Got Its Name)

Michael Hagedorn

Stewartia monadelpha is an elegant deciduous species with smooth, cinnamon bark and silvery, gem-like buds. Related to Camelias, they like moist, shady locations and develop at about 1/2 the speed of a Japanese Maple.

The Stewartia featured below was brought into the studio for a fall session with concave pruners.

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Stewartia in training after a season of growth, sporting several red pipe cleaners that hang as question marks in likely pruning spots.

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The noble hands of our intrepid pruners, Erich and Maciek.

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This stopping place leaves many ponderables for next time–which might be next June or July, another excellent time to prune back Stewartia. The smaller trunk used to be a root graft, which we decided to keep as a secondary trunk. To retain energy on that smaller trunk two extensions were left long.

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A study in yellow and green and a bit of white, the lost leaves of Stewartia. (Stewartia…

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