Styrax japonicusItem #7173 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Lovely, fragrant white flowers hang from strongly horizontal side branches that make a splendid small tree for patio or near a pathway. Attractive dark green leaves turn red or yellow in fall.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:STY-raks ja-PON-i-kusPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 21Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow-growing small tree to 20 to 30 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early SummerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasLovely white bells that bloom that dangle from horizontal branches are perfect for looking up into, so when you plant this tree, plant a bench underneath it. The spreading form is part of the charm of this plant, so make sure you give it enough elbow room.Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Hosta (Hosta)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs constantly moist, but not soggy, soil.
- History & LoreHistory:This styrax is native to China, Japan and Korea where plants have long been selected by the Chinese into various cultivars.Lore:The very strong wood of this tree has traditionally been used to make prayer beads umbrella handles in Asia.