Common Name: Japanese snowbell
Origin/Ecology: Native to China and Japan.
Habit: Upright and pyramidal with horizontal side branches.
Leaves: Dark green leaves about 2″ long. Fall colour is usually insignificant, sometimes turning yellow to red.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate.
Flowers and Fruit: Pendulous clusters of perfect white bell-shape flowers, 5-petaled, with light fragrance, blooming in May-June. Decorative green olive-shaped drupes.
Bark: Gray bark fissures on older branches reveal orange inner bark which can be attractive in winter.
Water Use, Soil: Best grown in organically rich, acidic, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
Exposure: Prefers part shade. Can be grown in full sun.
Landscape Uses: Flowering tree.
Limitations: No serious pests or diseases.
Other Features: Flowers easily visible as the leaves have an upward posture and the flowers and fruit hang down.