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Styrax obassia (Fragrant snowbell)

Styrax obassia Photo/Illustration: Michael Dirr

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Styrax obassia STY-raks oh-BASS-ee-ah Common Name: Fragrant snowbell 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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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