Fragrant Snowbell Styrax obassia

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Botanical Name:

Styrax obassia







Common Name:

Fragrant Snowbell

20-30 feet
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  • Styrax obassia

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 90 days, cold stratify for 120 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Styrax obassia is a species of flowering plant in the Styracaceae family. more...
* Fragrant white flowers in 8" clusters in spring, large dark green leaves, to 8" long, smooth gray bark on rather sinuous branches, in habit, upright when young, more rounded and open with age, prefers moist acid soil and part shade, especially in hot regions, native to northeast Asia.
* Fragrant snowbell is a small, slender, upright tree with ascending branches and rounded crown or a large shrub. Typically grows 20-30' tall. Bell-shaped, fragrant, white flowers with showy yellow stamens appear in pendulous, terminal racemes (to 8" long) in May-June (somewhat late for trees). Flowers are often partially obscured by the large, velvety, oval-rounded, medium green leaves (to 8" long). Flowers give way to drupes which may persist into late autumn. Smooth gray bark exfoliates on the trunks of older trees revealing an attractive orange inner layer and resulting winter interest. more...