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Snowbell | Plant Profile

Snowbell (Styrax japonicus) are small to medium deciduous trees with a single stem and rounded shape. The most ornamental feature of these trees are the drooping clusters of fragrant white flowers. The gray bark exfoliates in winter to reveal an orange interior. The dark green leaves rarely have ornamental fall color but may turn yellow or red.

Snowbell prefers fertile and acidic soils in full sun to part shade. The soil should have medium moisture and be well drained. Some pruning can be done in winter to shape the tree.

Snowbell can be planted singularly as ornamental focal points or massed as shrub borders. They are also popular in woodland or naturalized areas.


Snowbell Characteristics

Snowbell are ornamental flowering trees with fragrant blooms. The white flowers droop and point toward the ground. They grow in clusters that are easily visible despite blooming alongside foliage. Spent flowers produce olive like fruits that are edible or can be used to make oil. After the summer foliage drops, the bark exfoliates to reveal an orange interior making for year-round interest.

There are few diseases or pests that are life-threatening the Snowbell.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 9
20.00 - 30.00
20.00 - 30.00'
Bloom Time
May - June


Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?