Halesia monticola
Mountain Silverbell

 Plant Type:
 Hardiness:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
 Flowers:
White (Spring; pendulous white bell-shaped flowers in clusters of 5)
 Foliage:
Green (Summer foliage); Yellow (Fall foliage)
 Fruit:
Yellow (4-winged fruit; fall)
 Ultimate Height:
40-80 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
20-40 feet
 Soil:
Prefers acidic soil that's not too wet or too dry
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are alternate, simple, 2-5" long and half as wide, ovate to elliptic, finely serrated, glabrous dark green above, and pubescent below. Look for the interesting 4-sided winged pods. No terminal buds. Lateral buds are stalked. Halesia monticola is larger in flower, fruit, and habit (40-80') than H. carolina. H.carolina and H. monticola are very similar otherwise, and some authors do not consider these separate species.

Additional Information

The Mountain Silverbell is interesting in bloom, rather neutral otherwise, but relatively trouble free and useful in many situations as a neutral background plant, or for its flowers. Flowers and fruits are larger than the related species H. carolina. Best grown as a single stem and allowed to branch low (20-30"). Does not transplant well (a particular problem with field-grown plants).

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