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Japanese Snowbell tree in landscape
Japanese Snowbell closeup of green foliage and fruit
Japanese Snowbell green leaf on white
Japanese Snowbell green leaves and fruit on white
Japanese Snowbell white flowers on white
Japanese Snowbell tree in landscape
Japanese Snowbell closeup of green foliage and fruit
Japanese Snowbell green leaf on white
Japanese Snowbell green leaves and fruit on white
Japanese Snowbell white flowers on white



  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 20-25' tall
  • Mature Width: 20-25' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 20-25' apart

Japanese Snowbell

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Styrax japonicus

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Why plant Japanese Snowbell?

The Japanese Snowbell tree is an exquisite flowering tree with soft-spoken charms and a trouble-free nature. It's a mystery to us why it hasn't caught on with the general public! With its umbrella-like habit, this small to medium-sized tree was made to shade a cozy seating area, and in late spring this is where you'll want to be, as its sparkling what blossoms are best seen from below. The flowers' soft, sweet fragrance makes the space under it sheltering branches even more inviting, and on the balmy evenings leading up to summer, this will be your favorite place to unwind.

Richard Oldham was a young gardener, sent by the Royal Botanical Garden Kew to explore the Orient and collect plant specimens in 1861. Under orders from the director Sir William Hooker he was required to stay on ships, however suffering from seasickness this did not go well.
Botanists often wrote letters to KEW reporting reasons that have prevented them from doing their work. Poor weather, transportation problems, shortage of money or illness. Although Richard Oldman experiences all of these he also wrote of the dangers of headhunting. He wrote that he could not explore the mountains near Tamsuy because Spring was the season Taiwanese aborigines collected heads to gain favor with unmarried women. Hooker had little sympathy for him and saw his slow progress as laziness. At just 23 years old, he managed to collect and send back over 13,000 plant specimens one being the Styrax Japonica Japanese Snowball, under some of the most undesirable conditions. He decided to take it upon himself to leave the ship and travel to Taiwan to further his collections, this was looked at as a resignation by Hooker and RGB Kew stopped his funding. He eventually succumbed to dysentery and died at the age of 27.

How to use Japanese Snowbell in the landscape?

This tree will "ring your bell." Clusters of charming white, hanging, "bell-shaped" flowers bloom in June and the attractive dark green leaves turn yellow in the fall. This wonderful specimen tree will create a graceful atmosphere in your outdoor living space.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant Japanese Snowbell

Snowbell likes full sun but also tolerates light shade. Snowbell does best in organic, moist, well-drained soils and prefer to be in an area protected from wind. They are also relatively free of insect problems. Snowbells will respond well to a once a year application of low rate tree fertilizer in the fall. Pruning requirements are practically non-existent. If your Japanese Snowbells get a little out of hand, you can keep them under control by shearing them after flowering. Yes, I said shearing. Literally taking hedge shearers and cutting it back. Believe me, your Snowbell will respond well to this type of pruning.

How To Water

Water deeply, and regularly during first few years in the ground to encourage a deep, extensive root system. Irrigate weekly, especially during prolonged dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-8


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

- Email: plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com

- Phone: 866-873-3888

- Or via Online Chat


Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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