Schima is a genus of evergreen trees belonging to the tea family, Theaceae.
The genus inhabits warm temperate to subtropical climates across southern and southeastern Asia, from the eastern Himalaya of Nepal and eastern India across Indochina, southern China, Taiwan, and the Ryukyu Islands. There are about 20 species, including six species endemic to China.
Schima superba is a beautiful evergreen Asian tree with no English common name. It is in the Tea family so related to Camellia, Gordonia, Stewartia, etc. It has lanceolate leaves 5-6 inches long. The new growth is red-bronze. Flowers are white and several inches in diameter. Our trees were grown from seed collected in Taiwan by our freind Mark Krautmann of Heritage Seedlings. We have seen several thriving specimens of this tree in the southeastern US and expect it to become much more well-known and widely grown here.
Schima confertiflora Merrill; S. kankaoensis Hayata; S. liukiuensis Nakai; S. xinyiensis Hung T. Chang & ZY Su.
Trees 5-20 m tall Young branches glabrous or puberulent Petiole 1-2 cm, sparsely pubescent or glabrous;.. Leaf blade elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 7-13 × 2.5-4 (-6) cm, thinly leathery to leathery, abaxially pale green, sparsely pubescent or glabrous, and becoming yellowish green when dry, adaxially green, shiny, and glabrous, secondary veins 7-9 on each side of midvein and visible or obscure on both surfaces, base cuneate, margin undulately obtusely crenate from basal 1/2 apically, apex acuminate Flowers 4-8 in a raceme, 2-3 cm in diam Pedicel 1-2.5 cm, slender, glabrous or sparsely pubescent;... bracteoles 2, caducous Sepals semiorbicular, 2-3 mm, . outside glabrous, inside sericeous, margin ciliolate Petals white, obovate, 1-1.5 cm, outside basally puberulent Stamens 5-7 mm Ovary tomentose;.. style ca. 5 mm Capsule subglobose, 1-2 cm in diam Fl... Jun-Aug, fr. Oct-Dec. 2n = 36.