Fragrant snowbell

Styrax obassia

Photo/Illustration: 
Michael Dirr
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Fragrant snowbell (Styrax obassia)
STY-raks oh-BASS-ee-ah
Genus:  Styrax
This plant is a small tree or large shrub reaching 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide. It starts out in a pyramidal shape and becomes more open with age. Fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers are borne on 4-inch to 8-inch long chains. Flowers dangle from rounded, dark green foliage in late spring, followed by small light brown fruits that usually drop by late fall.
Care:  Grow in moist but well-drained, fertile, humus-rich, neutral to acidic soil. Shelter from wind. This plant leafs out in early spring: To avoid early-frost damage, site in a north-facing exposure in loose soil.
Propagation:  Take greenwood cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Flowering Tree,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Trees

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