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Styrax japonicus 'Pink Chimes'

Family: Styracaceae (sty-ra-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Styrax (STY-raks) (Info)
Species: japonicus (juh-PON-ih-kus) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Chimes
Additional cultivar information: (Benibana Group)

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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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

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

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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive catazz On Jul 1, 2012, catazz from Nanaimo
Canada wrote:

AT first, I planted my 16 foot tree on a well drained, but irrigated hillside, that got mixed sun in the afternoon, and watched it die back to a single sickly twig. I dig it up and planted it on a lake edge, about 8 inches above the high water line in a most sun area. I tripled in size! It has been there for three years, and is now 18 feet tall, with many beautiful cascading branches and loaded with pink bloom. I am in love!

Positive Jay11 On Jun 4, 2011, Jay11 from Cambridge, MA wrote:

I planted this tree is a city garden with only a few hours of sun per day. It is growing slowly but is beautiful. The flowers this year were very heavy. Highly recommended.

Positive rcn48 On Jan 27, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

We first saw a magnificent specimen of this tree in the gardens of Green Spring in Alexandria, VA. We were so impressed with the tree that we planted one close to our front entry several years ago. Although we have ours planted in a full sun situation in Zone 6a, Dirr suggests "probably best in partial shade in Zone 7 and 8".

From Michael Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants:
"A lovely, small, low-branched tree which develops a rounded to broad-rounded crown and a distinct horizontal appearance because of the wide-spreading branches; a very dainty tree which will grace any landscape".

Positive stressbaby On Jan 22, 2006, stressbaby from Fulton, MO wrote:

Lovely, graceful small tree. Grows slowly in average soil.


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

Ashdown, Arkansas
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Pequannock, New Jersey
Lexington, Virginia
Auburn, Washington
La Conner, Washington

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