bigleaf snowbell
Styrax grandifolia
  • LEAVES: alternate, simple, deciduous; oval to obovate; 3-6” long; margin entire or occasional tooth; underside densely hairy, stellate; whitish
  • FLOWER: white, bell-shaped, 3/4”; axillary racemes with 5 to 20 flowers; racemes 5-6”; March to April
  • FRUIT: dry drupe, 1/3” long
  • TWIGS: slender, densely stellate pubescent, white axillary bud (snowman); continuous pith
  • BARK: dark brown, streaked; thin; smooth
  • FORM: shrub or small tree to 20 ft
  • HABITAT: moist sites near streams in pineywoods
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative Upland (FACU): Usually occurs in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: southeast US coastal plain
  • USES: ornamental
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. white hairy lower leaf surface
    2. leaf margin with distinct teeth
    3. petioles 1/5 to 1/4 inch long
    4. mature leaves upper surface glabrous, with impressed veins
    5. snowman buds

    NOTES:  Stryax americana - American snowbell: very similar to bigleaf snowbell, but leaves are smaller 1.5-3 inches and essentially glabrous at time of flowering; pubescence is not stellate; flowers in clusters of 2-4; common in “big” river drainages