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Snowdrop bush, Snowbell bush, Styrax - Styrax officinalis (latin)

Geographical origins: Southern Asia and Mediterranean area.
Adult size: Height up to 7m, spread up to 6m.
Foliage: Deciduous
Type of soil: Moist to wet, tolerates calcareous soil (calcareous= limy or chalky)
Climate: Hardy to -15°C.
Site: Partial shade to full sun.


Characteristics and uses:
The Snowdrop bush is a highly ramified, bushy shrub. In May-June, it is covered with hanging, small, bell-shaped, white flowers. These fragrant flowers are honey-producing. The flowers are followed by nut sized, non-edible fruits for humans, which contains a very hard seed.
The Snowdrop bush does not require any particular care. If it becomes necessary, pruning can be done, but only after blooming. It can be grown on its own, among other shrubs or in a flowering hedge.
Some written work from Pline narrate that the Snowdrop bush was used in perfumes, in cough remedies, and to treat throat’s and chest’s infections. Nowadays, you can still find Styrax-based ointments thanks to its antiseptic and healing properties. Finally, the resin of the Snowdrop bush can be used as incense.

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