Styrax hemsleyanus

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Styrax hemsleyanus
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S. hemsleyanus, Curtis's Botanical Magazine
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Styracaceae
Genus: Styrax
S. hemsleyanus
Binomial name
Styrax hemsleyanus

Styrax hemsleyanus (老鸹铃),[1] the Hemsley snowball, is a species of flowering plant in the family Styracaceae, native to central China. Growing to 12 m (39 ft) tall[2] by 5 m (16 ft) broad, it is a conical deciduous tree with large rounded leaves, 12 cm (5 in) long, and clusters of cup-shaped flowers in early summer.[3][4]

The plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Styrax hemsleyanus". Flora of China. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  2. ^ Shumei Huang and James W. Grimes, "Styrax hemsleyanus Diels, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 29: 530. 1900", Flora of China, vol. 15
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  4. ^ "eFloras - Chinese plant names - Styrax hemsleyanus". Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Styrax hemsleyanus". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  6. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 100. Retrieved 30 November 2018.