Friday, May 28, 2010

Japanese Snowbell

The Japanese snowbells have been in bloom for about two weeks.

The pendulous white blooms of Styrax japonicus are reminiscent of the Carolina silverbell...

but these petals are separated.

Whenever I went up to a Japanese snowbell to get a closer look or to enjoy the sweet fragrance, I couldn't hear anything but the buzzing of bees: bumblebees...

and honey bees alike. The pollinated flowers will soon give way to showy fruit.

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