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Styrax japonicus 'Fragrant Fountain'

Japanese snowbell 'Fragrant Fountain'

A small deciduous tree to around 3m high, with a weeping habit and oval, slightly toothed, mid to dark green leaves. Clusters of pendent, fragrant white flowers are produced in early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Yellow Orange
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Styracaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright, Pendulous weeping
Genus

Styrax can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with simple, alternate leaves and nodding bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers in spring or summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Thrives in moist but well-drained, loamy, acid to neutral soil, in full or afternoon sun. Provide shelter from cold drying winds

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer, or by grafting in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Minimal pruning required, see pruning group 1. Flowers are produced on the previous year's growth

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus in gardens where it is present but insufficient data to determine degree of susceptibility

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