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Commonly known as Japanese snowbell
Deciduousglossy, mid- to dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long turning yellow or red in autumn
WhiteSometimes tinged pink
TreeSpreading tree. Produces flowers singly or in clusters of 3-6 along the undersides of the branches.
Very hardyHardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowCan be pruned after flowering to restrict sizeOrnamental barkOn older branches the bark splits to reveal orange inner bark providing winter interestPests & DiseasesTrouble freePlace of originChina, Korea, JapanResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeBell/LanternBell-shaped flowers 1.5cm (½in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsSuitable for small gardensWoodland garden
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Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable 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 PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-richNeutral to acid soil
Tree ShapeRounded 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
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- Lithocarpus Seed Collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Rhododendron seed collecting - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Storing seeds over winter
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- 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
Buy Varieties of STYRAX japonicus
a new styrax selection with dark purple leaves and white flowers
a more tree-like form with larger leaves
a form with trailing branches which is best grown over a bank to look up into the flowers
delicate pink flowers
white flowers, pyramidal habit