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Styrax japonicus
Japanese Snowbell
Family: Styracaceae

The Japanese Snowbell is a flowering tree that originates in Japan and China. It is a small, showy flowering tree that bears small pendulous flowers. The blooms are white and bell shaped, and in the fall they turn to attractive olive shaped fruit. The blooms are 5-lobed with yellow stamens. Flowering occurs in the end May or early June, and are wonderfully fragrant. During the fall, the tree exhibits red and yellow leaves, but is not very showy. The bark is smooth and has orange and brown interlacing fissures which adds a great deal of winter interest. The styrax is an excellent small patio tree where the blooms and bark can be viewed up close.

Snowbell tree grows best in part shade/part sun in zones 7-8, but can tolerate full sun in the north. Styrax Japonicus matures to about 20-30 ft tall. The canopy is symmetrical with a smooth outline and generall 15-25ft. Fruits are green and generally does not cause a significant litter problem. A wonderful specimen can be found in the campus Arboretum. Hardy in USDA zones 6-8.

Marisa Manning

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