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Styrax japonicus

 
Styrax japonicus
Japanese snowbell

Common name Japanese snowbell
Family styracaceae
Life cycle tree (Z5-8)
Flowers white (late spring)
Size to 20-30'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil
From seed needs warm stratification followed by cold stratification (several months each); germination occurs during second warm stage.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-October

We rescued our specimen from a discount nursery a few years ago, and nursed it back from near-death. It lost its header in the process, so for a few years it was trying to decide what it wants to look like - but now, it seems to have hit its stride, growing into a graceful small tree. We are thrilled to see it bloom each year. The flowers face downward, and are best inspected up close - but the view from the kitchen window isn't bad, either! Some suckering from the base is easily kept in check.

Styrax japonicus
Shortly after the flowers fade, fruits start developing - not nearly as showy as the flowers, but still quite decorative. In autumn, the light-colored husks fall off, to reveal shiny brown nuts.

Japanese snowbell

After moving to Texas, we missed our snowbell. Unable to find one at local nurseries, we instead mail-ordered a different variety, the variegated 'Frosted Emerald'. It arrived as a little whisp of a tree, which we planted where it will receive some shade for the hottest part of the day. Hopefully it will grow fast!

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: , houston back yard

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Pink Chimes' from '04 AHS exchange. Baggy w peat mix 70F (5m) - 35F (10w) - to pot outside (67%G, 2w - late June)


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