Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
20-40 ft. H X 15-35 ft. W; can grow to 60 ft. H in the wild
White, pendulous, bell-shaped flowers in mid spring
Bloom Time Notes:
Alternate; deciduous; oval; serrated; medium green.
Four-winged capsule; starts as lime green, changing to brown.
Moist, well-drained soils on floodplains and mesic forest.
Sun or Shade:
Carolina Silverbell (Halesia carolina) grows in full sun to partial shade; needs more moisture in full sun; needs moist, acidic, well-drained soil that is high in organic material; is not tolerant of heat, drought, poor soil or alkaline pH. Nice yellow fall color; mid-spring blooms; pink variety available in nursery trade.
Bark is distinctively although faintly striped, even in young saplings.
Other Common Names: Mountain Silverbell, Opossum-Wood, Snowdrop-Tree
Other Scientific Names: Halesia tetraptera, Halesia parviflora