A very attractive and equally rare rounded deciduous tree or large shrub. Final size is hard to estimate and is determined by soil fertility and moisture availability, and although specimens in the wild have been recorded over 15m in height, in the Uk it seems a final height of 5-8m is more likely - maturity often brings on a notably weeping habit, so plant with sufficient space for the tree to fill out properly.
The foliage comprises elongated, glossy, mid- to dark green leaves with finely serrated margins that turn to vivid yellow or red in the autumn.
Even from a young age Styrax japonicus 'Pink Chimes' will produce a mass display of very pretty white-pink bell-shaped flowers in summer which hang beneath the branches and which are lightly fragrant.
Mature plants developed fissured bark on older limbs to reveal the orangey inner bark, an attractive winter feature.
Plant in humus rich soil that is either acid or neutral, in a position with six hours or more of full sunlight. AGM