Stewartia malachodendron - Linnaeus
Theaceae (Tea or Camellia) Family
The Silky Camellia is usually no more than 15 feet with a trunk diameter of about six inches. Its preferred habitat is moist woods and at the edge of streams. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate; consisting of one whole part; short leaf stalks; widest at the center; tapering to the tip with sides less than equal; leaf margins are toothed and leaf base is wedge-shaped.
Flowers are solitary in the leaf axil; bisexual; symmetrical; five sepals; five petals; white to off-white; numerous stamens that are attached to the petals. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is a capsule
Silky Camellia is seen in large colonies along Murder Creek near Brewton, Alabama where the creek merges with the Escambia River a short distance south of Brewton.