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Japanese Snowbell 'Emerald Pagoda'

Styrax japonicus

Family: Styracaceae (sty-ra-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Styrax (STY-raks) (Info)
Species: japonicus (juh-PON-ih-kus) (Info)
Cultivar: Emerald Pagoda



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Palmetto, Georgia

Raleigh, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 31, 2008, jqpublic from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I first planted this tree the fall of 2006. The winter was erratic and the temperatures got real cold for a short period of time and was followed by an extended warm period. Then the first week of April 2007 we had a terrible freeze. The tree was just ready to open its flower buds and all the leaves except for 2 and a small cluster buds froze off and died. Luckily the tree resprouted but did not flower that year. Also a few of the branches had about a 6" die-back from the tips. Although I scratch them and they are still green to this day. So i left them. The tree also sprouted vigorous shoots from the base of the tree. I left them alone b/c I wanted the roots to get strong. I didn't hold this against the tree b/c even my large southern red oak lost all its leaves in that spring f... read more