• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 20 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Stunning Specimen Tree
    Early Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:STY-raks ja-PON-i-kus
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 21
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 20 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Early Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    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 PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Hosta (Hosta)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    <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
    Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
  • 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 and umbrella handles in Asia.


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