Styrax japonica - Japanese snowbell

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A 3 year Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonica) grown from seed. This flowering shrub is an excellent species for bonsai cultivation. It grows very fast, reacts well to pruning and the trunk can thicken quite rapidly. Older specimens flower with beautiful white bell-shaped flowers in spring.

The trunk was wired while it was still young, so now it has some really interesting movement! As with all my seedlings, I prune the roots early on, in order to create an even, radial rootspread.

Note: pictures were taken during summer. As this is a deciduous plant, it loses its leaves in fall!