Japanese Snowbell

Japanese snowbell Styrax japonicaVirtues: Japanese snowbell is an ornamental tree that stays relatively small and offers an elegant, delicate silhouette. Its overall shape and its nice spring flowers make it a good choice as a patio tree, for a small garden or as a spring focal point in a larger garden.

Common name: Japanese snowbell

Botanical name: Styrax japonica

Flowers: In late spring, small, white, bell-shaped flowers appear in clusters of 3 to 6. They dangle below the foliage; tree should be sited where the flowers can be appreciated up close, from below—such as overhanging a path or patio.

Foliage: Small, oval, green leaves turn yellow or reddish in later fall.

Habit: Deciduous tree, 2o to 30 feet tall with an equal spread. Branches start low on the trunk and spread horizontally. Overall it has a delicate, elegant look.

Season: Spring for flowers, summer for light shade.

Origin: Japan, Korea, China.

Grow in sun or part shade, in moist soil. Prefers good drainage but will tolerate clay. Appreciates some shelter from winter winds in the colder end of its hardiness range. USDA Zones 5–8.

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  1. japanese snowbell (we call it the dandruff bush)
    Pluses and minuses –
    Yes, the tiny snowbells are beautiful. The shape of the buds is unique and cool. For a couple of days, you have a tree loaded with trillions of tiny white petals.
    Problem1- The tree starts shedding the instant it blooms. You get hundreds of tiny petals on the ground each day, which grows into thousands over the next few days.
    Problem2- The blooms are short lived. About 1/3 the life of our dogwood blooms. 5 days after blooming, the flowers are all on the ground, and you’re left with a huge bush with uninteresting leaves. Mediocre fall foliage. lackluster yellow.

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