Fragrant snowbell Styrax obassia Photo/Illustration: Michael Dirr 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 Uses Specimen Plant/Focal Point Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Trees Styrax obassiaView the discussion thread.