Styrax japonicus 'Purple Dress'

Styrax japonicus ‘Purple Dress’

Japanese snowbell tree

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Styrax japonicus 'Purple Dress'
  • Common name: Japanese snowbell tree
  • Family: Styracaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous

Japanese snowbell tree, Styrax japonicus, is a popular tree for small gardens. Its wide, fan-shaped branches are covered with cascades of bell-shaped, white flowers in summer, and the pale green leaves turn a fantastic shade of yellow before falling in autumn. An unusual garden tree, it looks fantastic growing at the pond edge, where its branches can hang over the surface of the water, or next to a garden path. 

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Styrax japonicus ‘Purple Dress’ is a particularly ornamental variety, bearing purple, oval leaves, which contrast beautifully with the masses of bell-shaped, pale pink flowers in mid-summer. 

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Grow Styrax japonicus ‘Purple Dress’  in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered spot in full sun to partial shade. Prune annually to restrict its size.

How to grow Styrax 'Purple Dress'

  • Plant size

    12m height

    8m spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Styrax 'Purple Dress' and wildlife

Styrax 'Purple Dress' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Styrax 'Purple Dress' poisonous?

Styrax 'Purple Dress' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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