Styrax japonicus 'FRAGRANT FOUNTAIN'

Styrax japonicus
Styrax japonicus 'FRAGRANT FOUNTAIN'
Japanese snowbell
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-3.5m
USUAL WIDTH 1.5-2m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Japanese snowbell is a showy tree with snowdrop-like flowers. Their fragrance grows more intense with more flowers produced, and this new variety from 2008 makes a profusion of them. It is called Fragrant Fountain and was bred by Crispin Silva from Crispin's Creations Nursery in Oregon, USA. It was patented in 2009 as PP19664 by Planthaven International.

Fragrant Fountain is a weeping form of Japanese snowbell with strictly pendent branches, forming a uniform, very compact habit. Flowering begins in late May and continues for 3-4 weeks. Flowers are followed by small, hard, olive-like seedpods in late summer. Deciduous leaves are glossy, ovate to elliptic, mid to dark green, turning yellow or red in autumn. It can be pruned at the end of winter.

This variety was selected as a seedling of Rosea variety crossed with male pollen from Carillon variety opposed to which the new invention has much more compact habit. Pruning is best done after flowering but is not needed or even recommended with weeping forms unless you are creating a dome-shaped canopies with pendent twigs. If you want a tall plant soon you need to train the central leader by attaching it to a bamboo stick or pole, otherwise it will gain height very slowly.

Grow it as a specimen shrub or in a mixed border with lower shrubs. It is usually pest and disease free. It needs moist, acidic soil, humus-rich soil. A location protected from drying winds is preferred. Its hardiness was so far tested down to -24°C (USDA zone 6) but is expected to go lower, following its parents' hardiness.

Last update 01-03-2018
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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