Japanese snowbell Styracaceae Styrax
japonicus Siebold & Zucc.
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical to ovate, finely or sparsely serrated, 2 to 4 inches long, lustrous, green above, slightly paler below.
Flower: White (or light pink), 3/4 inch wide, yellow stamens, bell-shaped, five lobed, hanging from a green stalk, appearing in May to June.
Fruit: Egg-shaped or round drupe, 1/2 inch long, grayish green, maturing in late summer and persisting to fall.
Twig: Slender, gray to reddish brown to light brown, zigzag, scruffy, naked scruffy buds, no true end bud.
Bark: Smooth, gray-brown becoming orange-brown, fissured, attractive with age.
Form: A small tree that reaches 20 to 30 feet in height with equal spread, horizontal branches, rounded crown, low-branched.
Looks like: American snowbell
| Additional Range Information:
Styrax japonicus is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
|© Copyright 2016, Virginia Tech|
Dept. of Forest Resources
and Environmental Conservation,
all rights reserved.
Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson