Scientific Name: Styrax obassia
Common Name: fragrant styrax
Family Name: Styracaceae
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 7 - 10m x 5 - 7m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Open, Spreading
Form: Round
Texture: Very coarse
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Fragrance, Screening, Shade tree, Specimen plant, Spring interest, Street (boulevard tree), Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Pubescent, Tomentose, Ovate, Dentate
Flowers: Raceme, White, May-Jun
Fruit: Capsule, Edible, Brown, Oct
Key ID Features:
Leaves alternate, broadly ovate, velvety undersides, entire or apex may be toothed, most about 12-18cm long; raceme up to 15cm long, most with 10-20 pendulous florets, white, fragrant, 2-3cm wide; drupe-like capsules about 1.5cm wide, usually single seeded, like hanging balls. Winter ID: buds fuzzy, appear split in two with one 2-3 times larger; tan coloured exfoliating bark, fallen fruit.