Friday, September 15, 2006

Japanese Snowbells

NOW I know why these trees are called Japanese snowbells! If you look back at our first posts on the Japanese snowbell trees (back when they were still mysteries), you'll see the delicate flowers which graced this beautiful tree in the spring.

Today is another wonderful day of rain, which is just what this Seattle native ordered. And guess what I found while I was exploring? Another branch of the stream! I have so much to share!


  1. Those are indeed true to their name. But do they turn white, hence the name 'snow-balls?'

    Good to see you blogging again. I am not blogging as much these days, but do try to get in a weekly post due to such a busy schedule.

    Be well.

  2. Bonjour Mademoiselle Blackwater,

    What conditions are neeed for that plant? It's beautiful.

  3. I'd love to know more about this tree! How hardy is it?

  4. These are so beautiful! Ive found my screensaver for the week.

    Your photos are terrific.

    Huggs, G

  5. Barbara, they’re pretty white now, and I’m waiting to see what color the leaves will turn with the autumn. Yes, it’s good to be back – especially at this time of year.

    Becky, we really do love this little tree. I’ve found others around the farm, and it seems that they do well with their own propagation and naturalization. They stick to quiet, shady spots, which is a fortunate choice for this one – it’s on the north side of the house, and gets barely any sun no matter what time of year.

    Salut Ducklover, comment ├ža va aujourd'hui? The Styrax japonica (Japanese Snowbell) tree apparently likes shady spots with well-drained soil. We have lots of pines near by which drop loads of needles, so I’d also suspect that this tree likes (or at least tolerates) acidic soil. I agree – it’s very beautiful!

    Carol, from my observations over the last few months, my vote would be that this tree is very hardy. As I mentioned, it seems to readily self-seed and naturalize, and it tolerates very little sun, East Coast summer heat and winter cold. Ours also happens to be growing near the oil tank for our heater where the soil is already less than ideal. Apart from any troubles the roots might cause the tank in the future, I’d say that any tree that’s willing to grow in such a spot must have some serious mettle. :)

    Geraldine, I’m so glad you like my images! It’s very rewarding for me to have the opportunity to share what I see with others.


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