Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

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

Bigleaf Snowbell
Styrax grandifolius
Styracaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, elliptical to nearly round, up to 9 inches long, with occasional coarse teeth on the margin, and very hairy below. Twigs are green-brown with hair and terminal buds are naked (without visible scales). Bark is red-brown and shreddy. Flowers are white, bell-shaped and with 5 petals, grouped in drooping clusters. Fruit is a small drupe, hairy at first and becoming leathery at maturity. Form is a shrub or small understory tree up to 6 m (20 ft) in height, found next to streams and in swamps. The fruits are eaten by birds.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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