Japanese Snowbell – Styrax japonicus
Deciduous flowering tree with horizontal branching and a rounded crown. Height: 20-30’ but can reach up to 50’ tall. Noted for its pendulous clusters of bell-shaped, mildly fragrant, 5-petaled, waxy white flowers that bloom in May-June. Flowers give way to greenish-brown, olive-shaped drupes that often persist into late autumn. Gray bark fissures on older branches to reveal orange inner bark which can be attractive in winter. Elliptic-ovate, glossy, deep green leaves (to 3” long). Fall color is usually insignificant, however, leaves may sometimes turn yellow to red. Native to China, Japan and Korea.