2019 Arbor Day Seedling

2019 Arbor Day Seedling

Celebrate Arbor Day with a new plant!

As a part of our mission to promote horticulture and the cultivation of exceptional woody plants in our region, the Arnold Arboretum distributes exceptional plant material to other botanical institutions and to members of the Arboretum community. We continue to honor and build upon this legacy through the Arbor Day Seedling Program, which makes a seedling of a tree, shrub, or vine available in early spring to members of The Friends of the Arnold Arboretum as a benefit at the Sustaining ($100) level and above. Inaugurated in 1970 as the Spring Plant Dividend, the Arbor Day Seedling Program invites our members to cultivate a living part of our renowned collections in their own landscapes. Qualifying members receive a letter of invitation in February.

Stewartia pseudocamellia

Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese stewartia)

Stewartia pseudocamellia

(Japanese stewartia) Zones (4)5-7

Grow an ornamental tree with four seasons of interest! Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia) is a wonderful small to medium-sized tree with a pyramidal-oval habit. While it may grow to sixty feet tall in the wild, trees grown in cultivation typically top out at twenty to forty feet. Dark green foliage turns from yellow to red to deep maroon in autumn before defoliating. In July, pure white, cup-shaped flowers appear over several weeks with white filaments and bright orange anthers. Flowers give way to a five-valved capsule. The visual display extends into the winter months, when its multi-hued, exfoliating bark takes center stage.