The Stewartia continues to surprise through recent weeks. The fruit has developed a tail, and now looks like a cupcake in a frilly paper wrapper with a blown-out candle on top.
When the fruits mature they’ll open to reveal five capsules containing seeds. They will split and discharge them which is known as dehisce, a new word for me.
This information was in a chapter of a 1975 book published by the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard. The fruits of my tree, a pseudocamellia, are distinctive in that they are doubly dormant meaning that they take two years to germinate under normal conditions. This is from Stewartias – Small Trees and Shrubs for all Seasons by Stephen A. Spongberg and Alfred J. Fordham, 1975, ref. Arnoldia the Arnold Arboretum’s quarterly magazine.
And here, for a curtain call, is my girl Dulcie, under a fringe of Stewartia leaves.
My thanks to Mike for letting me guest post, and to Lucy for hosting Tree Following.
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