Halesia carolina

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 30'-40'

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: fall interest, showy fruit

Halesia carolina  (Carolina silverbell)
  • Halesia carolina  (Carolina silverbell)
  • Halesia carolina  (Carolina silverbell)
  • Halesia carolina  (Carolina silverbell)
  • Halesia carolina  (Carolina silverbell)

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Halesia carolina

Also known as:

Carolina silverbell


silverbell tree



Scientific Synonyms:

Halesia parviflora


Halesia carolina is a small multi-stemmed tree, or large shrub. It often grows to 30', and less commonly to 40' or more. The lower branches may be removed to created more of a tree form. It produces a profusion of white, bell-shaped flowers in April or May, before, or just as the new foliage emerges. The fruit is in the form showy, papery capsules containing the seeds. These persist on the tree well into winter. Foliage produces good fall colors.


Carolina silverbell enjoys rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soils and full sun to filtered light; conditions similar to those required for the flowering dogwood. It is not tolerant of drought, nor of poor, heavy, or compacted soils. It can be an attention getter when used as a lawn specimen, or a woodland border tree. Zones 6-8


Propagate by cuttings or from seed.

Additional Notes

Halesia carolina is an uncommon, commercially underutilized tree with great ornamental assets.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IL


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Ebenales
Family Styracaceae Storax family
Genus Halesia silverbell
Species Halesia carolina Carolina silverbell