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How to grow Styrax japonica -Japanese Snowbell- as bonsai

Posted on February 08 2019

How to grow Styrax japonica -Japanese Snowbell- as bonsai

 Japanese Snowbell at maturity is spherical shaped with distinct horizontal and somewhat zigzag branches. Their dark green leaves turn reddish or yellow in fall. Finally, a forgiving 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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