Styrax obassia /Fragrant Snowbell, Fragrant Styrax

Styrax obassia  / Styrax obassia
Large oval-shaped leaves
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Large oval-shaped leaves


Summer foliage

Early spring leaves

Close-up of spring leaf

Close view of leaf

Flowers beginning to open

Drooping raceme of white flowers

Racemes of fragrant white flowers open in spring

Seed crop follows flowering and mature in late summer and rall

Young tree in flower

Closer view of young tree in leaf and flowers in early spring

Young tree at Stephen F. Austin University Arboretum in Texas

Nuts on a specimen shrub late in the season

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Scientific Name: Styrax obassia
Common Name: Fragrant Snowbell, Fragrant Styrax
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green, Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a relatively small deciduous tree that produces bell-shaped white flowers in spring. This small tree is ideal as a patio tree although not readily available in the trade. Select a site that has fertile, well drained soil and some sunlight, preferably in the morning. The green fruit can be a special feature of this deciduous tree in late summer.