The Q&A Archives: Non-flowering Japanese Snowbell Tree

Question: We purchased a Monrovia Japanese Snowbell Tree last May. It was flowering when we bought it, so we assumed that it would be blooming this May. All the leaves have come ou, and it is VERY healthy, but it hasn't flowered. Is this normal behavior for this tree's first season?

Answer: In my own garden, that tree took several years to become established and bloom heavily. The stress of transplanting plus the rigors of life outside the optimum nursery conditions could also contribute to somewhat reduced bloom at first. It does flower after it is fully leafed out, and the flowers are almost hidden beneath the leaves, sometimes the first hint that it is in bloom is actually the wonderful fragrance.

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