Japanese Snowbell, Snowbell Tree
- Main interest:
- showy fragrant flower, early bloomer, arching habit, decorative fruit, fall colour
- full sun to partial shade
- Soil humidity:
- moist soil
- Flower colour:
- Mildly fragrant
- Flowering period:
- May to June
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 5a: -29 °C (-20 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 30 ft (9 m) width: 30 ft (9 m)
- specimen, woodland garden
Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicus) is a very pretty, compact flowering tree. It is covered in pendulous clusters of bell-shaped, mildly fragrant, waxy white flowers from May to June.
Snowbell Tree has horizontal branching and a rounded crown. The 3 inch long leaves are ovate, glossy, and a medium to deep green leaves. Wonderful bright colour in the fall, the foliage turn yellow to red.
The drooping flower clusters are highly visible due to the upward habit of the foliage. Japanese Snowbell typically grows to 30 feet tall and as wide, but infrequently can reach up to 50 feet tall. Flowers give way to greenish-brown, olive-shaped drupes that often persist into late autumn. Gray bark fissures open up on older branches to reveal orange inner bark.
A wonderful flowering tree for shrub borders, open woodland gardens, and as lawn specimen.