Japanese Snowdrop Tree, Japanese Snowbell
These plants deserve to be better known for their subtly attractive springtime show of white, bell-shaped flowers in hanging clusters. Blossoms are fragrant (only faintly so in S. japonicus). Nonaggressive roots. Provide reasonably good, well-drained, nonalkaline soil. Prune to control shape; tend to be shrubby unless lower side branches are suppressed.Styrax japonicus
Tree, native to eastern Asia. Grows to 30 ft. tall; often narrower than high in youth, but spreads as wide or wider than tall in maturity. Slender, graceful trunk. The branches are often strongly horizontal, giving the tree a broad, flat top. Oval, scallop-edged dark green leaves to 3 in. long; may turn a good red or yellow in fall. Small clusters of 3/4-in.-wide flowers hang on short side branches; leaves angle upward from branches while flowers hang down, giving the effect of parallel green and white tiers.
Splendid tree to look up into; plant it in raised beds near outdoor entertaining areas or on a high bank above a path. ‘Carillon’ (‘Pendula’) is a shrubby variety with weeping branches. ‘Pink Chimes’, also shrubby, is a more upright form with pink flowers. ‘Snow Charm’ has larger leaves and a dependably rounded form, to 20 ft. tall and wide. ‘Snowcone’ forms a dense, broad pyramid 25 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide.
These plants deserve to be better known for their subtly attractive springtime show of white, bell-sha...
Tree, from eastern Asia. Grows to 20–30 ft. tall, about two-thirds as wide. Oval to round, deep ...
Tree, native to eastern Asia. Grows to 30 ft. tall; often narrower than high in youth, but spreads as ...