Deciduous trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, margins toothed. Flowers in large white clusters. Parts in 5s. Stamens 10, protruding from the flower. Ovary partly inferior. Fruit dry, ribbed or winged.
P. hispidus Siebold & Zucc., Epaulette Tree, from Japan and China is occasionally available; it has drooping clusters of fragrant flowers and bristly spindle-shaped fruits with 10 ribs.
Seed, layers, softwood cuttings.
4 species from E Asia, Myanmar to Japan.
Source: (1997). Styracaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.