Styrax japonicus 'Emerald Pagoda' 1 - Year Graft
Flowering Trees and Shrubs : Styrax japonicus 'Emerald Pagoda' 1 - Year Graft
Styrax japonicus 'Emerald Pagoda'
(Emerald Pagoda Japanese Snowbell)
* Sun to part shade * Zones 5-8 * Height 15-20' tall x 15' wide
Styrax japonicus emerald Pagoda is a great small tree for limited space gardens!
Lovely bell shaped fragrant white flowers, followed by white drooping seedpods!
Much more vigorous than the species!
Brought back as cuttingsfrom Korea because the wild plant showed exceptional vigor, markedly distinct from the native population, with large dark green, leathery leaves and slightly fragrant flowers 1" across. Grow as a small understory tree or a striking specimen in an open situation. Fall color is a luminous yellow. One of legendary plantsman JC Raulston's greatest introductions. Compared with ordinary Styrax japonica, this tree's leaves and blooms are larger and growth habit is distinctly pyramidal to conical. Originally JC called this 'Sohuksan' after the small Korean Island where he collected it in 1985. Its trek to commerce was a precarious one. JC was waiting at the docks for the ferry to make the day-long return trip to the mainland, brooding over a particular styrax he'd seen near the top of the mountain. At the last minute, he made his decision. Trekking up the mountain trail through mist and rain, he made the collection, and raced back to the dock just in time to jump on the ferry. Delayed on their trip home to Raleigh, the wrapped, moistened cuttings arrived wilted. When technician Newell Hancock tried to rescue them in a mist chamber, the leaves dropped. An on-the-spot decision was made to graft the cuttings to Styrax japonica seedlings. One survived. That specimen was nurtured and made good growth despite a student assistant who accidentally knocked the graft over during watering. Hancock spliced a remaining sliver of wood and cambium back together, wrapped the wound, and placed back in the mist chamber. The graft survived!
Goes well with Black Bamboo and japanese maples. Check out our store for these great plants!
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