Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Styrax americanus Lam.
American snowbell, American snowbells, American silverbells, Big-leaf snowbell, Storax
Styracaceae (Snowball Family)
This is a slender-branched, deciduous shrub
or small tree,
8-15 ft. tall, with a wide, wispy, open crown. American snowbell’s showy, white, bell-shaped flowers are borne in pairs from leaf axils. When in bloom, they cover the plant creating a fragrant, white cloud. The foliage is bright-green and glossy.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MS , MO , NC , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , DC Native Distribution:
FL to e. TX, n. to VA & MO Native Habitat:
Moist woods; wooded stream banks; swamps USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Moist to wet, cool, acid soils. Acid-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam
Conditions Comments: Does not compete well with other shrubs or trees. Tolerates wet feet.
Showy, Accent shrub,
Blooms ornamental Use Wildlife:
Nectar-bees, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-insects, Fruit-birds Conspicuous Flowers: