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Styracaceae

Styrax

STY-raks
Styrax obassia

In the genus Styrax are 100 or so species of shrubs, some evergreen, from the woods and thickets of Europe, Asia, and North America. The delicate, nodding, bell- or cup-shaped white flowers are fragrant and appear on the previous year’s wood. Styrax lends a graceful air to the garden when grown as a specimen or in a woodland garden.  

Noteworthy CharacteristicsGraceful growth habit. Delicate, fragrant white flowers in spring or summer.

CarePlant in a spot sheltered from wind. Grow in moist but well-drained, fertile, organically rich, neutral to acidic soil in full sun or partial shade. Prune when dormant.

PropagationAs soon as seed is ripe, sow at 59°F. After three months, keep at 32° to 41°F for three more months. Take greenwood cuttings in summer.

ProblemsInfrequent.

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