American snowbell Styracaceae Styrax americanus Lam. Listen to the Latin   symbol: STAM4
Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical, 1 to 3 inches long, entire or with a few shallow teeth, star-shaped hairs on petiole (may occur on leaf blade as well), green above, paler below.
Flower: Attractive, bell-shaped, 1/2 inch long, 5 white, reflexed (with age) petals, hanging clusters of 1 to 4 flowers from leaf axils, appearing in mid to late spring.

Fruit: Egg shaped, hairy, dry drupe, 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in diameter, turns a gray-brown when ripe in early fall.

Twig: Slender, gray-brown, zigzag, initially pubescent but becomes glabrous; leaf scar with 1 bundle scar; naked buds, small, blunt and scruffy.

Bark: Smooth, thin, dark gray-brown, when older develops very shallow fissures.

Form: Shrub to small tree with a spreading, open crown reaching up to 10 feet
 
Looks like: Japanese snowbell - stewartia
USDA Plants Database
Styrax americanus is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting American snowbell (opens a new window).

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