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Halesia carolina

Common Name(s):
Carolina silverbell, Mountain silverbell
Cultivar(s):
'Rosea', 'Meehanii'
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Carolina silverbell is in the Styracaceae family.  It can be grown as a large multitrunked shrub or trained into a small understory tree.  It has an irregular, spreading, open crown and a yellow fall color.  It suffers during drought so will need supplemental irrigation. Makes an attractive specimen plant for a lawn or in a shrub border or woodland garden.  Looks attractive planted with rhododendrons and azaleas.

Play Value Wildlife Enhancement

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems though leaves can become chlorotic in high pH soils.

Seed Drupe

Compare this plant to: H. tetraptera var. ruba is pinik; H. tetraptera var. magniflora has two wings. 

 

Height:
30-40 ft.
Foliage:
Dull, finely toothed, dark yellowish-green, ovate-oblong leaves (2-5" long) turn a somewhat attractive yellow in fall, but may drop rather early.
Flower:
Showy white bell-shaped flowers in drooping clusters (usually 2-5 flowers each) appear in spring shortly before or at the same time leaves emerge. Four-winged, brownish, nut-like fruits appear in the fall and often persist well into the winter.
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils in part shade.
Texture:
Medium to coarse
Form:
Multi-trunk tree; rounded; open; irregular
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist to well-drained soil
Fruit:
Drooping white bell shaped flowers in early spring on previous season ft.s growth
Width:
20-35 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Tags:
woodland, flowers, deciduous, border, specimen, fall color, play, playground, children’s garden, showy

NCCES plant id: 483

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Halesia carolina Flower
Kerry Woods, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
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Paul Cooper, CC BY-NC-2.0
Halesia carolina Seed pods
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