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PlantFiles: Fragrant Epaulette Tree
Pterostyrax hispida

Family: Styracaceae (sty-ra-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pterostyrax (ter-oh-STY-raks) (Info)
Species: hispida (HISS-pih-duh) (Info)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive OsmanthusValley On Apr 14, 2011, OsmanthusValley from Belton, SC wrote:

This tree was planted in 2002. The deer rubbed on it & broke it off. When it started to re-grow, it came back shrubby. I tried for a couple of years to establish one leader but lost the battle. It is blooming for the first time. It has a quite nice smell to it. I'm excited to see it bloom but wish my Epaulette shrub could have been a tree.

Positive bradronco On Jun 20, 2002, bradronco wrote:

I think its a relatively fast-growing -- a 3-foot seedling planted in 1997 is at least 15 feet by spring 2002. It startred flowering in 2000. It is covered with blooms in 2002. Very nice foliage and nice light brown bark.

Neutral Chooch On Nov 7, 2000, Chooch from Chatham-Kent, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Rarely grown flowering ornamental trees. It flowers in the late spring ; white flowers are 2 to 3 inch wide pendulous panicles about 5 to 10 inches in length.
A moderate grower (2 feet per year) and begins flowering at about 8 to 10 feet in height.
The plant has minimal insect or disease problems.
There is no real fall color (yellow-green) but the summer foliage is bright green above and silvery below.
USDA Z 4-8 but does best in zone 5 / 6


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

Waukegan, Illinois
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
Bishopville, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Belton, South Carolina
Auburn, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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