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Styrax americanus (American snowbell)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
3m
Max height
3m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Styrax americanus

Other names

American snowbell

Genus

Styrax Styrax

Species

S. americanus - S. americanus is a rounded, deciduous shrub or small tree with ovate to elliptic, sparsely toothed, dark green laves and single or clustered, pendent, bell-shaped, lightly fragrant, white flowers in from mid-spring to early summer followed by hairy, grey-brown fruit.


Styrax americanus is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Rounded

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Red, Yellow in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation

Sow seed at 15C (59F) for three months then at 0-5C (32-41F) for three months.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Styrax americanus (American snowbell) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 3m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist or moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Styrax americanus

Other names

American snowbell

Genus

Styrax Styrax

Species

S. americanus - S. americanus is a rounded, deciduous shrub or small tree with ovate to elliptic, sparsely toothed, dark green laves and single or clustered, pendent, bell-shaped, lightly fragrant, white flowers in from mid-spring to early summer followed by hairy, grey-brown fruit.

Native to

Southeastern United States

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Rounded


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Red, Yellow in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation

Sow seed at 15C (59F) for three months then at 0-5C (32-41F) for three months.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Styrax americanus (American snowbell) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 3m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist or moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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