Small, deciduous tree that slowly grows to form a rounded canopy. Bark has orange-brown interlacing fissures that add winter interest. Can be trained to a single trunk or grown as a multiple trunk specimen. Origin: China, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines.
- Scientific Name:
- Styrax japonicus
(Stytrax obassia has much larger leaves and is native to the eastern U.S.)
- Mature Height:
- 20 - 30'
- Mature Spread:
- 15 - 25'
- 2 - 4", oval to oblong.
- Showy, white bell shaped flowers, blooming late April, in droopy flower clusters. May attract bees.
- Oval, 0.5" fleshy; green. Seedlings may emerge under canopy.
- Root System:
- No surface roots.
- Growth Rate:
- Slow - in heavy soils.
- Cultural Notes:
- Prefers acid, well-drained soils. Full sun or part shade.
- Sacramento Specimen:
- Arboretum Terrace Garden - next to Borders in Davis.
- Sutter Memorial Hospital, 5151 F Street (in large pot)
Minimum Planting Distances
- from SMUD pad mounted equipment (such as a transformer mounted on a concrete pad): 8 feet
- from a building foundation: 6 feet
- from walks and driveways: 5 feet
- from an air conditioner: 3 feet
- from a fence: 3 feet
- from a utility offset (such as an underground line, pipe or cable): 3 feet
- from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 0 feet
- from a swimming pool: 6 feet
- from a septic system: 15 feet
- between trees*: 12 feet
* To calculate the planting distance between different size trees, add the distances between each species in the column and divide answer in half. Example: the distance between a Red Maple (large tree) and Amur Maple (small tree) is calculated: 25 feet + 15 feet = 40 feet ÷ 2 = 20 feet. The distance between these two different size trees should be 20 feet.