Bee Lunch: Japanese Snowbell Tree (Styrax japonicus)

Styrax japonicusWhen thinking of bee plants it’s easy to forget that flowering trees or shrubs can also be great food sources. Once established trees and shrubs generally hold up well during dry weather, when many flowers are wilting, and can reach water deeper in the ground which keeps their nectar output going. The Snowbell tree gets its name from the snow white bell shaped flowers that hang downwards along its branches. This tree has a compact shape with dark green leaves and horizontally spreading branches. The tree does well in partial sun and tolerates acidic soil and it does not complete with woodland plants in its root area. However it does need frequent watering if in a dry or high sun exposure location and also needs to be protected from wind. You can propagate this tree using softwood cuttings in summer or from seed.