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Storax Styrax americanus

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Phonetic Spelling
STYE-racks a-mer-ih-KAY-na
Description

This slender branched shrub/tree is native to the southeastern US and can be found growing in swamps, marshy areas, stream banks, and other wet locations.  Its form is a wide, open crown.   Its spring rounded white flowers grow singly or in clusters of up to 4 blooms.  When blooming, an aura of a fragrant white cloud is present.   After flowering has completed, hairy fruits emerge.

Its dense, uniform branches originate from the base and up the main trunk.  They do not sucker from the roots  

Seed can be used for propagation.  Once the seed has turned a glossy brown and the capsule has begun drying, collect the seed and store in a sealed container under refrigeration.  Seed collected from the ground is not recommended for propagation.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  This plant does not do well when situated in tight conditions with other plants. It will do fairly well in full sun as long as adequate water is supplied. 

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Tags:
#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#wildlife plant#native tree#native shrub#playground#NC native#pollinator plant#Braham Arboretum#wet soils tolerant#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#bee friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#wildlife plant#native tree#native shrub#playground#NC native#pollinator plant#Braham Arboretum#wet soils tolerant#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#bee friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Styrax
    Species:
    americanus
    Family:
    Styracaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Native ornamental
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern U.S.A., NC
    Distribution:
    AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
    Wildlife Value:
    Host to Promethea silkmoth (Callosamia Promethea). Fragrant flowers attract pollinators, butterflies and birds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    A hairy subglobose (imperfect sphere) fruit follows flowering. At maturity, the fruits will be a gray-brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The bell-shaped flowers bloom either single or in clusters of 1-4. The flowers are white and have yellow stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Insignificant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The bright green leaves are up to 3" in size. May have a minimal amount of hair.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Fissured
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Thin, smooth and dark gray bark, but, fissures with age.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Short-lived