Japanese Snowbell

This tree is a little picky, so you'll need an optimal spot to plant it.

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. It requires consistently moist, but not soggy, soil for best 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. During the second growing season, you can cut back on watering as much because the tree's roots will have had a chance to grow enough to find water deeper in the soil. 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, if desired, so there's enough room to walk under the canopy. Late winter or early spring is the best time to prune.

More Varieties of Japanese Snowbell

Japanese Snowbell Overview

Description Japanese snowbell tree is prized for its graceful spreading canopy and 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 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
Common Name Japanese Snowbell
Plant Type Tree
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 20 to 20 feet
Width null to 30 feet
Flower Color Pink, White
Foliage Color Blue/Green
Season Features Spring Bloom
Special Features Fragrance
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Stem Cuttings

Fragrant Snowbell

fragrant japanese snowbell
Stephen Cridland

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

Pink Chimes snowbell
Susan A. Roth

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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