Sfyra americanus

American Snowbell

\n underappreciated, underutilized native shrub with delicate leaves and white, bell-shaped flowirs with highly reflexed petals. The habit is oval-rounded to rounded. The bright green, 1 to 3'Vz4n.-iong leaver not develop appreciable fall color Flowers occur in great abundance from the leaf axils in June and July, Prefers moist soils and partial shade. A good shrv»b for naturalizing; In the wild. It occurs in lowlands bordering streams. Grows 6 to H \io 10) ft. high; a specimen in the Arnold Arboretum is IS it. high. Zones tSjh to 9. Virginia to Florida, west to Missouri and Louisiana,

Styrax japonicus Japanese Snowbell

For years [ chased this plant, until I was finally able to secure one for my Illinois garden. V 25-ft-hlgh tree sited next to j wall at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, provided my first Introduction to the consistent!) su[>erb flower display, A delicate beauty, Japanese .Snowbell is best viewed horn below so that one can most appreciate the medium to daik green leaves perched tike butterflies above the white, Ml-shaped flowers. The five-lobed. slightly fragrant flowers occur three to six together on short lateral shoots and appear in May and June. Leaves art- I to 3Vz in. long, The smooth gray hark Is quite pleasing when framed by evergreen* or another dark batkground. StyftM jitpotiktu prefers moist, acid, well-drained soils abundantly supplied with organic matter. Full sun to partial shade is suitable. It does not tolerate high heat or extremely dry conditions. At -2<rh, young trees dir back to the snowline, while on older plants the stems die back and the flower buds will perish* Great in the shrub border or as an understory or hillside plant, where flowers can be viewed by passershv Grows 20 to .10 ft high and wide. Zones b to 8. C hina, Japan.

Cultlvars and Varieties, 'Km era Id Pagoda' CSohuksan') was introduced Irom Korea in I9H5 hy J. C, Raulston and tluj U.S. National Arboretum, i am fantastically impressed by this treasure. It has larger more leathery, lustrous dark green leaves and heavy textured, waxy, l-in.-wide flowers.

Tendula' (*Cariionhl has a weeping habit, leaves and flowers are sirniUr to those of the species.

Tink Chimes' offers pink Bowers on a small, graceful tree. High heal reduces the intensity of the pink coloration.

iiyrcji amerxanus, American Snowbell

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