Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

American Snowbell

Styrax americanus
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

6 to
9
feet

Spread:

5 to
10
feet
Size
Height: 6 to
9
feet
Spread: 5 to
10
feet
Size
Height: 6 to
9
feet
Spread: 5 to
10
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Attractive to use along streams or water features.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Native to the swamps of the Bootheel in southern Missouri, grows best in moist or wet, acidic situations in some shade.
Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage
Rainscaping
Basic Description

An unusual spring flowering native shrub. Fragrant white bell-shaped flowers with reflexed petals droop from the branches in late spring. The rounded leaves are dark green, bark is gray to reddish-brown. A shrub of subtle, elegant beauty. No appreciable fall color. Attracts pollinators, particularly bumblebees.

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