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American Silverbells, American Snowbell, Spring Orange
Styrax americanus


American silverbells prefers the rich moist soils along the edges of streams and swamps of East Texas, east to Florida and Virginia, north to Missouri and Illinois. It is a widely-branched, wispy, rounded shrub which bears fragrant racemes of lovely white bell-shaped flowers. As this plant requires a cool, acid, moist root run and tolerates poor drainage, it should perform well in the Houston area. It has been in cultivation since 1765.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
medium shrub

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: drupe

Height: 3 to 9 feet, rarely to 20 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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