Mountain Stewartia - Stewartia ovata
Most common in the southeastern Appalachians between 1,000-2,500 feet of elevation, Mountain Stewartia grows alongside streams and on bluffs. It is rare in its native range, although is planted as an ornamental. The trees are about 20 feet tall, with a rounded crown, and the orangish-brown bark is shallowly ridged. The leaves are up to six inches long and broad at the middle or near the base; the stalks are winged. The large flowers have five white spreading metals, nearly two inches in length, and the many stamens are yellowish. The fruit is a woody capsule, broad near the base.