Fragrant Styrax, Fragrant Snowbell
Styrax obassia

Family: Styracaceae (sty-ra-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Styrax (STY-raks) (Info)
Species: obassia

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

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:

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Washington, District Of Columbia

Tucker, Georgia

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Millbrook, New York

Rochester, New York

Weaverville, North Carolina

Cottage Grove, Oregon

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 7, 2009, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Fragrant snowbell is a fine small to medium size tree for the middle part of the US. I have planted and grown this species since the mid 1980s here in central KY, and I like it every place it has been grown. Give it moisture through drought times and the slightly acidic soil it craves (between pH 5.0 - 7.0 is probably best), and you will be rewarded with the beautiful bouquets of flowers annually around early May. That's Derby time 'round here.

Extending the possibilities, I've observed exceptional plants of Styrax obassia in farther flung environments like the great collections in Durand-Eastman Park in Rochester NY, and the US National Arboretum in Washington DC. These are much older plants, and if seen will make one wonder why it isn't already in one's own landscape.<... read more