Halesia carolina
Carolina Silverbell

 Plant Type:
 Growth Forms:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
 Flower Notes:
White (Spring; pendulous white 0.5" dia. bell-shaped flowers in clusters of 5)
 Foliage Notes:
Green (Summer foliage); Yellow (Fall foliage)
 Fruit Notes:
Yellow (4-winged fruit; fall)
 Ultimate Height:
40 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
35 feet
 Soil Notes:
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 1-1.5" 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

This small tree is interesting in bloom and rather neutral otherwise, but relatively trouble free and useful in many situations as a neutral background plant, or for its flowers. 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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