Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

American Snowbell 
Styrax americanus 
Styracaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, generally elliptical but also obovate, up to 3 inches long, with occasional fine teeth on the margin, and mostly smooth underneath. Twigs are green-brown with hair and terminal buds are naked (without visible scales). Bark is gray, mottled and smooth. Flowers are white, bell-shaped and with 5 petals. Fruit is a small leathery drupe. Form is a shrub or small tree up to 6 m (20 ft) in height, found in the understory of moist woods and swamps in the southeastern U.S. The fruits are eaten by birds. 

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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