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Styrax obassia

Fragrant Snowbell
Styracaceae
Deciduous, Trees

STYRAX

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 obassia

Tree, from eastern Asia. Grows to 20–30 ft. tall, about two-thirds as wide. Oval to round, deep green, 3–8-in.-long leaves. Where frosts come very late, leaves may color yellow in autumn. Fragrant flowers to 1 in. long are carried in drooping, 6–8-in. clusters at branch ends. Good against a background of evergreens, or for height and contrast above a border of rhododendrons and azaleas. 

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