|Styrax japonica, a deciduous
small- or tree with dark purple-brown to light black, smooth barks,
inhabits coppices at the foot of mountains, valleys, or small
riversides, growing to 7-8m in height. Leaves are alternate, 4-8cm
long, 2-4cm wide, oval-shaped, with tips pointed, bases cuneate,
margins with shallow serrations otherwise entire. The new branch's
ends hang down 1-6 white flowers, blooming facing downward. The
flowers are with 2-3cm-long petioles, and corollas measure about
2.5cm in diameter, deeply cleft into 5, with stellate hairs outside.
Stamens are10 in number, shorter than the corollas, and pistils are
longer than the stamens. Bloom time: May-June.