• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow-growing small tree to 20 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Early summer
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:STY-raks ja-PON-i-kus
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 21
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow-growing small tree to 20 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Design 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 PlantsSmall shrubs that need some protection work well under this tree, such as Lanarth White Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lanarth White') or, for more color, the deep pink of Buttons 'N BowsTM Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Monrey'). Lenten Rose (Helleborus x hybridus Royal HertiageTM Strain) would also enjoy the protection of the canopy.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    This styrax is native to China, Japan and Korea where plants have long been selected by the Chinese into various cultivars.
    The very strong wood of this tree has traditionally been used to make prayer beads umbrella handles in Asia.