Styrax japonicus- Japanese Snowbell


General: A small, low branched, deciduous flowering tree with a rounded crown and wide spreading branches. Grows 20 to 30’ in height.

Leaves: Alternate, simple and elliptic, 1 to 3” long. Medium green in the summer changing to yellowish or reddish in the fall (not particularly showy).

Bark: Gray brown and smooth with orange brown fissures.

Flowers:  Pendulous clusters of bell shaped, 5 petaled, waxy white flowers. Slightly fragrant. May to June.

Fruit: Grayish ovoid drupe, August.

Attributes:  Small specimen tree for lawns, patios, shrub borders or open woodland gardens.


Hardiness:  Zones 5-8.

Growing Conditions: Prefers moist, acid, well drained soils high in organic matter in full sun or part shade.

MaintenanceAmbrosia beetle, canker.

Transplanting: Easily transplanted to well-draining soil high in organic matter.

Our Experience

Experience at Great Hill

We feature Styrax ‘Pink Chimes’ at the entrance to our Japanese garden. It’s the perfect tree to feature on a hill or slope so the flowers are more easily seen. Styrax is an ideal specimen tree for the small landscape for late spring/early summer interest.





Styrax Bloom Data

YearBud BreakFull BloomBloom Drop
2020June 6June 20July 3
2021May 24June 6June 17
2022May 31June 9June 22