Stewartia pseudocamellia or not?
I purchased what I thought was a Stewartia pseudocamellia from a nursery in Oregon last November. Before the tree leafed out, it looked like a typical multi-stem Stewartia of 3- to 4-inch caliper (sinuous, muscular, exfoliating branches rising upward and outward from the center of the tree). Once it leafed out, however, it looked like no Stewartia IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve ever seen. The leaves are as large as 7-inches long by 7-inches wide, and the larger ones are more circular than oval. Not only that, but the flowers, which appeared shortly before the tree was fully in leaf, are atypical for a Stewartia: instead of a single flower per inflorescence, there are multiple flowers. IÃ¯Â¿Â½d be most grateful if someone could identify this strange tree (see photo).