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Styrax grandifolius

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
STYE-racks gran-dih-FOH-lee-us
Description

Styrax grandifolius, commonly known as Bigleaf Snowbell is a deciduous tree native to North Carolina. In nature, it can be found in mesic to dry upland forests where it forms thickets. 

Named for its very large leaf.  It can be easily propagated by leaf cuttings.  It is classified as a FACU, a Facultative Upland species meaning it rarely occurs on wetlands. 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#white#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun#partial shade#white flowers#shrub#partial sun#showy#slow growing#native tree#tree#deciduous shrub#piedmont#native shrub#large leaves#woody#spring flowers#flowering tree#coastal#moist soil#food source#NC native#woody shrub#flowering shrub#thickets#native garden#mountains#coastal plant#summer interest#coast#coastal areas#spring interest#Braham Arboretum#late spring flowers#summer fruits#food source summer#deciduous tree#FACU#food source nectar#food source pollen#native#dry soil#dry soils tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#Piedmont Mountains FACU#Coastal FACU#part sun#part shade#flowering#flower#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Styrax
    Species:
    grandifolius
    Family:
    Styracaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Native ornamental
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Central & Eastern U.S.A
    Distribution:
    Southeastern U.S.
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies, bees, and pollinating insects.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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 Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    In North Carolina, the fruits are available from August to September.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    White bell-shaped axillary racemes 5-6” with 5-20 flowers. In North Carolina, the flowers are available from April to May. White in color with yellow stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green 4-8" leaves
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Smooth, thin, dark brown and streaked.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree
    Small Tree
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds