Styrax americanus

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American Snowbell


Plant Specifics

Size:6-10 (12) ft tall by 6-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in spring. Life span likely >50 yrs (Nelson 2003).
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Understory tree. Specimen plant in moist areas.
Propagation:Seed (stratified), layering, softwood cuttings.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Birds and other animals eat the fruit. 


Attracts pollinators.

Attracts butterflies.

Host plant for promethea moth (Callosamia promethea).

Native Habitats:Understory of floodplain and wet forests, swamps, shoreline thickets, cypress-gum depressions. Most frequently where annually inundated or where water stands at or above the soil surface for extended periods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Prolific bloomer: very showy. Fragrant.