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How to grow Styrax japonica -Japanese Snowbell- as bonsai

Larry Morton

Posted on February 08 2019

 Japanese Snowbell at maturity is spherical shaped with distinct horizontal and somewhat zigzag branches. Their dark green leaves turn reddish or yellow in fall. Defoliation is terrible horticulture due to the excessive unnecessary stresses to any healthy plant. Excessive infrequent pruning also will devitalize your bonsai.

  • White pendulous bell shaped flowers appear from May- June.
  • Gray fruit comes by August.
  • The smooth gray brown bark with interlacing orangish brown fissures make a dainty four season bonsai.
  • July cuttings root readily.
  • Full sun but shade tolerant.
  • Responds well to water and fertilizer.
  • Takes pruning well. Use directional pruning and bud selection.
  • Root system thrives in a cool, moist substrate high in organic matter.
  • Good horticultural practices translate to healthy bonsai as they thrive with every stage of growth.


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