(Snowbell Tree) Styrax obassia is a beautiful, unusual small tree which was awarded a First Class Certificate in 1888, less than ten years after its introduction from Japan.
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A beautiful, unusual species which was awarded a First Class Certificate in 1888, less than ten years after its introduction from Japan. Styrax obassia is best known for its fantastic display of large, fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers with a golden-yellow centre in midsummer.
The attractive leaves are large, pale green, oval and have a distinctive toothed edge. A very small garden tree grown for its exquisite display of flowers.
- Position: Sheltered in full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Moist, fertile, lime free soil. Styrax obassia dislikes dry conditions or soils which are prone to drying out during certain times of year. Avoid areas prone to water-logging.
- Hardiness: Hardy. Styrax obassia appreciates shelter from cold winter winds.
- Flowering Period: May - June.
- Rate of Growth: Slow growing until established then moderate.
- Habit: Small branching tree with an open crown.
- Height: Eventually up to 8 m (26 ft)
- Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
- Notes: Styrax obassia has lovely flowers but they can take 3 - 6 years to start appearing in large numbers.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Light Shade
- Eventual Size
- Tree - Small (4m - 8m)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Damp/Wet, Soil: Acid, Site: Coastal Areas
- Special Features
- Flowers in Summer, Honey Fungus Resistant, Foliage - Unusual Shape, Rare and Unusual