Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Styrax officinalis var. redivivus

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Species Name: Styrax officinalis var. redivivus
Common Name: Snowdrop Bush

Showy, fragrant flowers, smells like oranges! Erect growth. Likes regular garden care. Berries popular with birds. Uncommon.

Plant Family: Styracaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 8-12'h x 10'w
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Sun or partial sun
Soil Preference: Sand to Clay
Water Requirements: Semi-dry
Cold Hardy to: Hardy
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Highlands and Inner North Coast Range, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, Outer South Coast Ranges, Western Transverse Ranges, San Bernadino and Peninsular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Dry places in chaparral, woodlands. Elevation: below 5000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Spreading, loosely branched deciduous shrub growing 4 to 8 feet high. Leaves oval, dull green, rusty-pubescent beneath; flowers white, in shape somewhat resembling a snowdrop. Found on dry slopes and ridges. Gallon cans, 75c."
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