Styrax japonicusItem #7173 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Lovely, slightly fragrant, white, bell-shaped flowers drip from strongly horizontal side branches with dark green foliage in early summer. A splendid small tree for use adjacent to a patio or near a pathway. Foliage turns yellow to red in the fall. Deciduous.
- 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; reaches 20 to 30 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:Dark 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); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Hosta (Hosta)
- CareCare InformationProvide organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish root system. Once established, maintain evenly moist soil; will not thrive in dry conditions. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in early spring. Prune annually to shape in late winter to early spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
- 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 and umbrella handles in Asia.