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Japanese Snowbell Tree

Styrax japonicus

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Growing Zones: 6-8
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-8
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Mature Height:

20-30 ft.

Mature Width:

15-25 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


20-30 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Styrax japonicus

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Simply The Perfect Ornamental For Your Garden

The bell-shaped flowers make this tree the perfect showpiece. Delicate white bell-shaped flowers droop from the horizontal branches of the Japanese Snowbell. The fragrant flowers bloom in the hundreds and provide endless visual appeal for your landscape.

The Japanese Snowbell is simple, compact and manageable. You don't have to worry about a huge tree that overpowers your yard. The Japanese Snowbell tops out at 30' and can be pruned to be smaller. Your yard will be perfectly accented, but not overpowered by this gorgeous ornamental. Even small yards can benefit from the beauty of this tree.

The fragrant blooms will breathe life into your yard. The flowers of the Japanese Snowbell are not only beautiful; they produce a light, sweet fragrance that will certainly freshen the smell of your garden. Bees love the Japanese Snowbell; expect plenty of pollinators around your tree. 

The green and white colors of spring are remarkable. The lustrous, rounded green leaves complement the elegant white bells that hang below them. The flowers appear in late May and early June, adding a touch of spring to the dawn of summer.

You even get a pop of color during autumn. The leaves of the Japanese Snowbell turn into a simple yellow during autumn. All the while, the flowers drop to the ground and in their place sprouts a simple, small rounded green and brown fruit. The Japanese Snowbell will fit in perfectly with your landscape during the fall season.

The extraordinary bark adds interest during the cold winter. While the rest of your yard grays and deadens in the winter, the Japanese Snowbell adds a touch of color as fissures in the bark reveal a bright orange inner layer. Even in the coldest months, your Japanese Snowbell will still prove to be a spectacular showpiece.

Plant your tree on an elevated pathway to enjoy the stunning visuals. The nature of the flowers is to droop from the branches, so placing the tree on a hill allows you to see the incredible display of flowers on the lower branches. Where you place the tree is totally up to you. Frankly, it will look beautiful anywhere in your garden.

No need to worry about pests or wildlife. Other than pollinators, insects don't really care for the Japanese Snowbell. Wildlife feel the same way. You'll be able to enjoy the splendor of your tree without worrying about the annoyances of pests.

The Japanese Snowbell may be finicky, but it recovers well. The Japanese Snowbell doesn't enjoy harsh climates. It doesn't fare well in extraordinary heat or harsh winds and freezes. Yet, a rough season won't stop this tree; with a little love, the Japanese Snowbell recovers quickly.

Perfect ornamentals sell quickly. The Japanese Snowbell is no exception. Because of its compact size and never ending exquisiteness, the Japanese Snowbell gets snapped up quickly. Don't let this stunning tree pass you by.

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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Japanese Snowbell Tree

Japanese Snowbell Tree Planting Diretions

Planting Instructions: Plant your Japanese Snowbell in a spot that receives a fair amount of sun. If you live in a location with harsh summers, be sure to plant your tree in a place that gets some shade in the afternoon. Those living in colder climates should plant the Japanese Snowbell in full sun, but in a place where it can be sheltered from harsh winds. Choose a spot in your yard, garden or walkway that will allow the branches of the tree to grow. Since the Japanese Snowbell's branches grow horizontally, you want to make sure it doesn't get cramped. The roots of the Japanese Snowbell are not aggressive so you can plant additional shrubbery under the canopy for added visual appeal.

Watering: You will need to water your Japanese Snowbell frequently during its first year of life. You can add mulch to the base for water retention, though it is not necessary. The tree enjoys a moist climate, but do not overwater in the winter.

Fertilization: You can add a small amount of general-purpose fertilizer to the base of tree near the roots before new growth in spring.

Pruning: To keep the tree-like shape of your Japanese Snowbell, prune the tree in late winter or early spring. Cut off branches down to the trunk on the lower part of the tree. You will only need to do this for the tree's first few years and then as needed as it matures.

Pests: The Japanese Snowbell has no known pests, so you should not see any activity on your tree.

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Why did you choose this? Store
I chose this tree to plant near the entrance to my property where it will always be on display - I wanted something different than what would normally be seen around me and this fit the bill perfectly.
Chris B on Apr 17, 2017
Nancy H on Jan 10, 2017
I chose this tree to plant near the entrance to my property where it will always be on display - I wanted something different than what would normally be seen around me and this fit the bill perfectly.
Chris B on Apr 17, 2017
need a an accent tree in our front yard and it will be perfect
William B on Apr 8, 2017
Nancy H on Jan 10, 2017
need a an accent tree in our front yard and it will be perfect
William B on Apr 8, 2017

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