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Cultural Details for Styrax japonicus

Common Name:
Japanese Snowbell

Growth Rate:
Medium, 9-10' over a 7-9 year period.

Average Mature Height:
20-30'

Average Mature Width:
20-30'

Flower Details:
Perfect, 0.25" wide, white, slightly fragrant, bell-shaped. May-June

Fruit Details:
Dry drupe, ovoid, 0.5" long, grayish in color and somewhat attractive; effective in August and falling by November; containing a single shiny brown hard seed.

Fall Color:
Yellowish or reddish.

Bark Details:
Gray-brown smooth consistency but showing irregular, orangish brown and interlacing fissures.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Unusually pest free

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
Dainty, excellent addition to winter landscape. Small, low-branched tree which develops a rounded to broad-rounded crown and a distinct horizontal appearance because of the wide-spreading branches.

Culture and Care:
Transplant balled and burlapped into acidic, moist soil in early sping. Prune in late winter. Zone 5-8, best in Zone 7-8.

This plant was blooming:
5/20/2005 - 5/27/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
2230, 2280, 8580

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu