Japanese Snowbell

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Ericales Styracaceae Styrax Styrax japonicus
  • Plant Type: Deciduous tree.
  • Common Name: Japanese Snowbell, Egonoki.
  • Color: White, Pink
  • Flower Dimensions: 0.79 inches in diameter.
  • Flowering Season: Late in spring (Late May or Early June).
  • Places in Japan with Japanese Snowbell: Mountainous areas with taller trees that provide light shade during the day, gardens, cemeteries, temples, parks, and streets.

Japanese Snowbell

The Japanese Snowbell is a deciduous tree that can grow to 15-25 feet.

Styrax Japonicus

  • The leaves of Styrax japonica are alternate and simple. They are broad-elliptic to elliptic-oblong. These leaves are medium to dark green with a measurement of 2.5-9 cm. long and 1.3 to 4 cm wide.
  • The flowers of the Japanese snowball are perfect, lightly fragrant, and in bell-shaped form. Each of the flowers is on a pendulous stalk.
  • The bark of the Japanese snowbell tree has interlacing orange-brown fissures, adding a landscape characteristic.
  • This tree prefers moist and acidic soil. Explore the biological weathering concept.

Interesting Facts about the Japanese Snowbell

  • The Japanese snowbell has analgesic effect. Research showed[1] that its flower extracts possess the capacity to alleviate pain.
  • The Japanese Snowbell has an antibacterial property. Extracts from the leaves of the Styrax japonicus[2] strongly inhibit the growth of Bacillus cereus and Salmonella typhimurium.
  • Historically, the ‘Japanese Snowbells very hard wood[3] was consumed for the making of umbrella ribbing, toys, and pieces of Japanese chess.
  • The skins of the Japanese Snowbell are mixed with ash and used by the fishermen to capture fish. Also, researchers[4] stated that the components found from the seed extract manifest solid cytotoxic activities in the brine shrimp lethality test.
  • In Japan, the pericarp of the Japanese snowbell is used as washing soap and medicine for cough. An article[5] also stated that the resin of the plant is insecticidal.
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Key References
  • [1]“Antinociceptive effects of flower extracts and the active fraction from Styrax japonicus – ScienceDirect”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“Manually Fix”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“Styrax: Japan’s Lovely Snowbell Trees – Seattle Japanese Garden”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [4]“Manually Fix”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [5]“Japanese Snowbell Tree Profile | Frontier Tree Service | Vancouver, WA”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.


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