8 responses to “Styrax tonkinensis”

  1. Crowangel

    Hello– I am a landscape designer down in Portland OR. I LOVE the looks of this Styrax! Can you tell us more about its cultural requirements? I assume if it will grow well in Vancouver, it would do well here, but are you Zone 7 there-? Any word about soil preferences? Drainage?
    Thank you! As always, I find this page extremely interesting and informative…

  2. elizabeth a airhart

    flowers leave some of thier fragrance in the
    hand that bestows them.
    just knowing i live on the same planet as the
    this lovely plant is kinda nice to know
    thank you mr justice and mr eric

  3. lindsay

    Styrax has got to be one of my favorite genera. I didn’t know this species,however, thanks Douglas (as always!) for introducing this stunning plant, I’ll look for it in the garden!

  4. Douglas Justice

    Crowangel: I dearly love all Styrax species, but they are truly woodland plants—not as adaptable to urban conditions as people think. I’m sure there are a few exceptions, but I think it’s a family trait that plants suffer when drainage is poor or soil is compacted and there isn’t enough shade or summer moisture. I can’t tell you how many S. obassia trees I’ve seen fried to a crisp this summer. Please give these plants dappled shade, summer moisture, humus-rich soil, protection from cold wind and no pedestrian traffic. This species is really, basically unknown in cultivation and judging from its native habitat, probably no hardier than Zone 8.

  5. Gary in Olympia

    I have had a S. obassia here in Olympia (Zone 7b) for about 10 years. I planted it in clay (when I was unwittingly into plant abuse) and in full sun at the top of a north-facing slope. It has grown vigorously every year, but, in a dry autumn, its leaves get crinkly and turn brown early, although they always show the dramatic outlines of the veins. This year, as usual, it is full of fruit!

  6. david sacks

    Lovely! – a very elegant Styrax. Our native ones in the southeastern US may be a bit cold-hardier than the Asian spp.
    Thanks also for the Tregrehan link. Inspiring garden imagery and fascinating history!

  7. Gabrielle

    We have two Styrax japonica in the Univ. of RI Botanical Garden. They are attractive trees which flower and fruit reliably every year (zone 6, maritime climate). BUT they seed in very heavily, from being a real nuisance to invasiveness. Even last year’s seedlings have a deep taproot. Not sure I’d recommend it.

  8. Ann Rein

    Would this plant be hardy here in Zone 6? It’s lovely!

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