Styrax americanus

American Snowbell

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

American snowbell is an attractive small understory tree or multi-stemmed shrub that occurs throughout the southeast, west to Texas and north to Indiana and Ohio. It is found in moist woods, swamp edges, and along stream banks. Its medium green leaves are oval and delicate in appearance. A profusion of ¾ inch, fragrant, white, bell-shaped flowers with reflexed petals dangle from each leaf axil in early to mid-summer creating a beautiful and delicate show. Grow Snowbell in part shade and moist soil and let it naturalize. Or for a shorter and more densely stemmed plant, grow it in more sun and drier. Spicebush, ferns, and Virginia bluebells would be excellent companions in a shaded, moist area.



Showy Berry Fruit

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Shrub, Tree

Light Exposure

Half and half, Mostly shady

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist

Pot Size

full quart


36in or taller

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Early summer Mid summer



Hardiness Zones

5, 6, 7, 8, 9