Carolina silverbell

Halesia carolina

Photo/Illustration: 
Paul Moore
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Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina)
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Synonyms:  Halesia tetraptera
Genus:  Halesia

Carolina silverbell is a handsome tree with clean green foliage and an upright spreading habit. In mid- or late spring, hundreds of silvery-white bell-shaped flowers dangle from every branch before foliage emerges. The tree also has attractive bark, unusual four-winged seedpods, and yellow fall color.

Care: 

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil. Shelter from wind.

Propagation: 

Root softwood cuttings in summer

Problems: 

Root and wood rot, scale insects.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

Halesia carolina