(Styrax grandifolius )
The Snowbell (Storax) Family (Styracaceae)

Small, round crowned tree with alternate, deciduous, large, oval leaves; smooth, dark gray bark; white, fragrant bell-shaped flowers and small, brown nutlet.


Moist or wet soils of valleys and uplands; in understory of hardwood forests.

Interesting Facts: 

Common name refers to its larger leaves compared to American Snowbell (Styrax americanus). Bark yields storax, a resin used in incense and perfumes. Wood ducks eat the fruit.

Orange-brown, round capsule, .375” long, in racemes, maturing in late summer.
Showy, bell-shaped white flowers, .75 to 1”, with five petals, in drooping clusters, blooming in spring.
Wildlife value: 
Flowers provide pollen to bees and other pollinators; foliage and seeds are a food source for mammals and seed-eating birds; produces limited cover for small mammals and birds.
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 2.50-5.50 inches
Tree height: 8.00-25.00 feet

Where to find Bigleaf Snowbell on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

WAB - Walker Branch Trail 4.0

BBR - Backbone Ridge Trail 3.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.