Styrax obassia

fragrant snowbell

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Outstanding Qualities

Styrax obassia is a handsome tree with bold foliage of up to six inches long, somewhat reminiscent of the Great Plant Picks logo if turned upside down! In late spring chains of fragrant white flowers decorate the branches. The form is dense while young, somewhat oval in shape, then becomes more open rounded with age.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: fragrant flowers in springtime & bold foliage in summer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: white, dark green, variegated

Culture Notes
This attractive small tree thrives in full sun or part shade. It does best with well-drained or sandy soil and once established it only needs occasional watering during the summer. Little pruning is needed to maintain this tree at its best.