Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Styrax japonicus fargesii (Japanese Snowbell)

Styrax japonicus fargesii (Japanese Snowbell)

Why we love it: "A delicate beauty...dark leaves perched like butterflies above the white, bell-shaped flowers." - Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs

Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8
Height: 20 ft to 30 ft Spread: 20 ft to 30 ft
Form: arching
Type: deciduous tree
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches
Flowers: White Blooms June, seeds ripen in October

This tree grows in sun or light shade, and will not tolerate hot dry soil. Prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Smooth gray bark is very attractive, and Dirr says plant this tree on a hillside so its downward facing flowers can be viewed from below.
The fruits are used as beads in rosaries etc.

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