Japanese snowbell are deciduous, compact flowering trees with horizontal branching and a rounded crown. They typically grow 20-30’ tall and wide; oval shaped, glossy, medium to dark green leaves (3” long). Fall color is not very interesting but the leaves may occasionally turn yellow or red. It is known best for its weeping clusters of bell-shaped, waxy white flowers with a slight fragrance (each 3/4” in diameter) that bloom from mid-May through June. Flowers give way to olive colored, round seeds that often stay on the tree until late autumn. Gray bark cracks on older branches to show off its orange inner bark which can be quite attractive in winter.