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Styrax japonica

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A beautiful small tree found growing in woods all over Japan, Styrax japonica develops wide, fan-shaped branches which are covered with cascades of bell-shaped, white flowers in summer. Leaves are small, pale green in spring/summer and turn yellow in a good crisp autumn before falling.

An unusual, handsome tree which looks particularly good branching out over ponds, streams or garden paths.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (60 - 80 cm tall)

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Styrax japonica | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Styrax japonica | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Styrax japonica | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Sheltered in full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Moist, fertile, lime free soil.
Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Styrax japonica requires shelter from cold winter winds.
Flowering Period: June.
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
Habit: Styrax japonica eventually grows to be a small branching tree with an open crown.
Height: up to 8 m (26 ft) in many years / [up to 3 m (10 ft) after 10 years]
Spread: 6 m (20 ft) / [up to 2.5 m (8 ft) after 10 years]

Notes: Flowers reliably as a young plant. This plant is also known as Styrax japonicus.

Plant Finder: about Styrax japonica

Common names

Japanese snowbell


Styrax japonica (Japanese snowbell). This is a small flowering tree, which is grown for its profuse and fragrant flowers. The flowers are bell-shaped and hang downwards from the branches. The leaves are an attractive deep green.


This tree will grow well in warm and humid areas, but will require some afternoon shade from the intense heat and sun. They will prefer moist, well-drained soil.

Interest and use

Ornamental, fragrance.

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  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

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