General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 20-30 feet
Plant Spread: 15-25 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: Medium green turning golden-yellow in fall.
Fruit: Other: 3/4 inch round to oval silver-green drupes.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Other: Fruit may persist into late fall.
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Provides winter interest
Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

Common names
  • Fragrant Snowbell
  • Fragrant Styrax

Photo Gallery
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains
Date: 2012-05-02
Styrax obassia flowers
Location: Newby Hall garden, Ripon, Yorkshire UK
Date: 2022-05-15
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Date: 2019-05-05

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