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STYRAX japonicus 'Fargesii'
Commonly known as Japanese snowbell
STYRAX japonicus 'Fargesii'
minutely toothed, glossy, mid- to dark green leaves to 10cm (4in), or more, long, turning red or yellow in autumn.
Graceful, spreading tree. Produces flowers along the undersides of the branches followed by small greyish green fruits after a warm summer.
Hardy - cold winter Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Good to know - can be pruned after flowering to restrict its size.
on older branches the bark splits to reveal orange inner bark providing winter interest
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
China, Korea, Japan.
Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Bell/Lantern - bell-shaped 1.5cm (½in), or more, long with yellow stamens
Suitable for small gardens
Serrulate see photos above
Elliptic see photos above
Pruning group 1
Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich
Neutral to acid soil
Rounded to broadly spreading
- When is the right time to collect seeds?
- When are seeds actually ripe and ready for collection?
- Magnolia seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Cornus capitata seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Rhododendron seed collecting - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Camellia seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Storing seeds over winter
- Embothrium Collecting and Storing Seeds
- Decaisnea Seed Collection & Potting
- S. formosanus & hemsleyanus in June - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Styrax japonicus ‘Emerald Pagoda’ - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’ - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Further Reading
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree
- Ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young trees - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Clearing up fallen beech tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning and Shaping Magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing wire protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Crown uplift - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing shoots below graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Maintaining variegation - Video Tip ondemand_video