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Snowcone Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonicus 'JFS-D')

This enchanting ornamental tree has showy white bell-shaped flowers that stand out against its bright green leaves. In fall, the leaves turn a beautiful yellow.

Power Line Approved: Yes

Min. street tree planting width: 5 feet

Mature Height: 25 feet

Mature Spread: 20 feet

Tree Shape: Broad pyramidal

Where to Plant:
Works well in smaller planting strips or in a tight yard space.

Photo credit: J Frank Schmidt


Dark green leaves turn brilliant yellow in fall

Photo credit: J Frank Schmidt

White bell-shaped flowers in early summer that attract bees and hummingbirds.

Gray-green fruit matures to white in late summer.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Prefers well-drained acidic soils, but can tolerate sand or clay. Best grown in full sun to partial sun.

Potential Problems:
Leaves can yellow (chlorosis) if tree is planted in soil that is too alkaline.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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