Japanese Snowbell


Japanese Snowbell: The Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicus) is a deciduous flowering tree native to Japan. It will produce gorgeous white and fragrant bell-shaped flowers from May to June in the spring. In the fall, the leaves display stunning yellow and red colours. As a Bonsai, it is very forgiving, hardy and tolerant. Its small leaves and natural movement in the trunk and branches make it a stunning Bonsai. 


Japanese Snowbell can be placed in full sun and will also tolerate shade. 


  1. Japanese Snowbells like well-draining soil that is left to dry. During warmer days with plenty of sun, watering daily is recommended. 
  2. Japanese Snowbell needs to be winterized during the winter, and the soil should be kept minimally moist. 

  • Training: Japanese Snowbell take well to directional pruning and can be wired in fall throughout the winter. 

  • Repotting: young Japanese Snowbell requires repotting every other year. Mature Japanese Snowbell can be repotted every 3-5 years. 


BABY: 8"-16" tall, comes in a 4" grower's pot. 

YOUNG: 12"-24" tall, comes in a 6" grower's pot. 


These are not seeds - But an Actual Living Bonsai Tree.

Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).

Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 


Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost


Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock


If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 


Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 



One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.


Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Robert Lee (Dartmouth, CA)

Arrived in great shape looking real good, as usual with all the trees I have received from the Bonsai Store.

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April Crawford (Calgary, CA)
Another awesome purchase.

I love my Japanese Snowbell! So well packaged it arrived in perfect shape. Will definitely be buying more Bonsai for my collection.

Daniela Fiumara (Bolton, CA)
Beautiful and healthy

Always perfectly packed
Plants are healthy and strong

Bonnie Armstrong (Calgary, CA)

I can’t tell right now all it is a stick let you know later when it starts leafing out. It was packaged well besides that the tape on top was open on the top of the box.

Michael Anacleto (Etobicoke, CA)

Japanese Snowbell

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