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Styrax japonicus

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Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicus) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Japanese Snowbell in bloom

Japanese Snowbell in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicus) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Japanese Snowbell flowers

Japanese Snowbell flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicus) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Japanese Snowbell

Japanese Snowbell

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A very dainty and woodsy small tree, featuring the most delicate white bell-shaped flowers which hang loosely from the horizontally spreading branches in early spring; needs moist, organic soil and some shelter, does well in part shade

Ornamental Features

Japanese Snowbell features dainty lightly-scented nodding white bell-shaped flowers hanging below the branches from mid to late spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The fruits are showy gray drupes displayed from late summer to late fall. The smooth khaki (brownish-green) bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Japanese Snowbell is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive

Japanese Snowbell is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent

Planting & Growing

Japanese Snowbell will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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