Plant Type
Sunlight Amount


Japanese Snowbell Tree

Japanese snowbell tree is e prized for its graceful spreading canopy and waxy white or pink bell-shape spring flowers. But this small deciduous tree also has a showy trunk and branch structures, dark green foliage through summer, and gray fruit (drupes) from late summer through late fall. It makes it a wonderful addition to a patio garden or landscape bed. Planting it alongside a curb adds grace, beauty, and welcome shade to a street scene.

genus name
  • Styrax
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Tree
  • 20 feet or more
  • To 30 feet wide
flower color
foliage color
season features
special features
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9

Japanese Snowbell Care Must-Knows

Thoughtfully select the planting spot for Japanese snowbell because it's known to tolerate a less-than-ideal site for a few years then abruptly die. It needs rich, well-drained acidic soil, full sun or part shade, and protection from strong wind. This tree's branches grow horizontally so give it room to spread.

Japanese snowbell tree won't tolerate drought. They require consistently moist, but not soggy, soil for good growth. Water young trees regularly during their first year. When nature fails to provide at least an inch of rain in a week, supply 10 gallons of water to the plant's root zone. Spread a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch over the root zone to prevent soil-moisture loss. Watering can be reduced or eliminated in the second growing season. Fertilize the tree with a general-purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

Japanese snowbell tree is slow growing and requires little pruning other than to remove lower branches so pedestrians can walk under the canopy. Late winter or early spring is the best time to prune.

More Varieties Of Japanese Snowbell

Fragrant snowbell

Styrax obassia is a wild form with smaller, white flowers and a more columnar habit than most snowbells. It features great fall color and grows 40 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Zones 6-8.

'Pink Chimes' snowbell

Styrax japonicus 'Pink Chimes' bears pale pink flowers in late spring and early summer. It grows 30 feet tall and 25 feet wide. Zones 6-8.


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