Evening Light Japanese Snowbell

Styrax japonicus 'Evening Light'

This enchanting cultivar of the Japanese snowbell has a more upright oval habit. The standout characteristic for this tree is the purple-green to maroon leaves that make a great backdrop for the showy white bell-shaped flowers. Attractive fruit in late summer adds to the beauty of this tree.

Power Line Approved: Yes

Min. street tree planting width: 5 feet

Mature Height: 20-25 feet

Mature Spread: 15 feet

Tree Shape: Upright oval

Where to Plant:
A perfect tree for smaller planting strips under power lines. Can also be used for small yard spaces.   

Leaves emerge purple-maroon and can change to maroon-green. The purple will fade to dark green in shadier conditions.

White bell-shaped flowers in late spring are lightly fragrant and attract bees and hummingbirds. They really stand out against the purple foliage.

A gray-green, egg-shaped drupe that hangs from a long stem and matures in late summer. The darker calyx on top with its wavy margin, looks like a hat.  

Preferred Site Conditions:
Prefers well-drained acidic soils but can tolerate sand or clay. Best grown in sun to part shade.

Potential Problems:
No serious insect or disease problems. Doesn't tolerate highly alkaline or heavily compacted soils.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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