STYRAX officinalis

Commonly known as Mediterranean storax, Storax

  • Deciduous
    Dark green leaves, grey-white beneath, to 8cm (3in) long.
  • Height
    6m (20ft)
  • Spread
    5m (15ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Spreading shrub or small tree. Flowers, 2.5cm (1in) long are produced in pendent clusters of 3-8 near the shoot tips on previous year's wood
  • Tree
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

STYRAX officinalis

 

 

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Used for centuries as a source of benzoin resin for perfumery
    Pests & Diseases
    None
    Place of origin
    Southern Europe, southwestern Asia
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    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
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Spring
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Humus-rich.
    Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
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Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 1) Collecting Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 2) Storing Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 3) Planting Seeds
Styrax - Care Guide
Trees - Care Guide
6m (20ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  5m (15ft)
 

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