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.