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
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: fall interest, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Halesia carolinaAlso known as:
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.
Halesia carolina is an uncommon, commercially underutilized tree with great ornamental assets.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, FL, GA, MS, SC
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: IL
|Species||Halesia carolina||Carolina silverbell|