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Japanese snowbell and cvs.

Styrax japonicus

STY-raks jah-PON-ih-kus

Japanese snowbell is a compact, deciduous tree with a graceful spreading habit. In late spring, it produces hanging clusters of sweetly scented, bell-shaped white flowers. Minutely toothed, bright green leaves have a clean, fresh look in all but the driest conditions. Attractive fine twigs are borne on slender, somewhat-layered branches, and the bark is a smooth gray-brown. ‘Pink Chimes’ bears abundant, dangling clusters of pale pink flowers.

CareGrow in moist but well-drained, fertile, humus-rich, neutral to acidic soil. Shelter from wind. Grows well where summers are hot and humid if it has some afternoon shade.

PropagationTake greenwood cuttings in summer.


  • Genus : Styrax
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Interesting Bark, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees

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