- Common Name(s):
- Carolina silverbell, Mountain silverbell
- 'Rosea', 'Meehanii'
- Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
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 boarder or woodland garden. Looks attractive planted with rhododendrons and azaleas.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems though leaves can become chlorotic in high pH soils.
Compare this plant to: H. tetraptera var. ruba is pinik; H. tetraptera var. magniflora has two wings.
- 30-40 ft.
- Dull, finely toothed, dark yellowish-green, ovate-oblong leaves (2-5" long) turn a somewhat attractive yellow in fall, but may drop rather early.
- 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.
- Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils in part shade.
- Medium to coarse
- Multi-trunk tree; rounded; open; irregular
- Sun to partial shade; moist to well-drained soil
- Drooping white bell shaped flowers in early spring on previous season ft.s growth
- 20-35 ft.
- Growth Rate:
NCCES plant id: 483