Styrax japonicus

Japanese Snowbell

Styrax japonica - Japanese Snowbell

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune to shape when dormant.

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A slow-growing tree with beautiful white flowers in the spring and an ideal tree to sit under in the heat of the summer.

  • Showy, fragrant bell-shaped flowers
  • Green leaves turn red or yellow in fall
  • Interesting bark with orange-red highlights

Nice to plant at woodland's edge in moist soils. Best in eastern and central Kansas.

Height: 20-30 ft
Spread: 20-30 ft
Zone: 5-9
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Japanese Snowbell:

This is a nice little shade tree that is ideal for the small landscape. It prefers to be constantly moist, but not wet, and needs the soil to be well-drained. Because the roots are not too aggressive it is a good tree to plant hosta or other ground cover beneath it.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
  • Focal Point
  • Slow Growing
  • Fall Color

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water