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Styrax americanus var. americanus [= Styrax americana]

American Snowbell, American Storax

Scientific Name:

Styrax americanus var. americanus [= Styrax americana]

Genus:

Styrax

Species Epithet:

americanus var. americanus

Common Name:

American Snowbell, American Storax

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Styracaceae (Storax Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamp forests, pocosin edges, depression wetlands, other moist to wet habitats. Uncommon to locally fairy common in the Sandhills and southern Coastal Plain counties of NC, rare in the northeast Coastal Plain and Piedmont. Recorded in only 2 NC Mountain counties.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Usually no more than 10' or so tall, but can get to 18'.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/styrax-americanus/

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants



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