A striking silvery-bright sheen on the foliage all summer. The new stems are red with the beautiful white cupped camellia-like flowers Stewartias are know for. It is multistemmed and pyramidal to oval-shaped with low branches. It is in its full glory with its fall leaves transition to a brilliant orange red and burgundy. The smooth bark of the Japanese Stewartia is multi-coloured and peels in strips of gray orange and reddish-brown.