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Carolina Silverbell

Scientific name: Halesia tetraptera

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 8
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:40 ft
Width:30 ft
Bloom:Showy flowers
Bloom Time:April to May
Bloom Color:White
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Carolina Silverbell is known for its delicate white or pinkish, bell-shaped flowers which droop gracefully along the undersides of twiggy branches.

This deciduous tree grows to 20’-40’ in height and 15’ to 35’ in width. It has a rounded, open irregular habit. Typically trees will bear limbs close to the ground and have more than one stem.

This tree bears simple leaves which are 2” -5” in length, borne in an alternate arrangement. They have finely serrated leaf margins. The leaves turn yellow in the fall before they are shed and are among the first to drop in autumn.

Flowers form in late April. As the flowers hang down they are best viewed from below as one can see through the foliage. Hummingbirds enjoy visiting the flowers.

As the flowers fade during the summer, 4-winged brown fruit form which hang on branches during the winter

Best in sun to partial shade. Select a site with a moist well-drained soil.

Carolina Silverbell is considered pest resistant.
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