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Carolina Silverbell

Botanical Name
Halesia carolina
Min Zone
4
Max Zone
8
Height
30 to 40 feet
Width
20 to 35 feet
Flowers
April-Early May: clusters of white bell-shaped flowers before leafout
Fruit
Drupe: four winged, oblong, persists into winter
Fall Color
Yellow-green
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Moist, well-drained, acidic
Planting & Care
  • Transplant container grown material
  • Not tolerant of salt or compacted soils
  • Tolerant of black walnut toxicity
  • Looks its best with a dark background
  • Mixes well with rhododendrons
Problems
Chlorosis in high pH soils, twig kill in severe winters
Varieties
  • Rosea - pink flowers
  • Uconn Wedding Bells - larger flowers on a smaller tree, 20 feet
  • Lady Catherine - weeping form
  • Crushed Velvet (Halesia carolina 'JFS-PN2Legacy') - smaller leaves with a wavy texture, compact 20 feet tall by 15 feet wide
  • Arnold Pink - pink flowered variety

Upcoming Appearances


August 22
Mequon Nature Preserve
Mequon, WI
 

August 24
Sanger House Gardens
Milwaukee, WI
 

Sept. 14
Pasquesi Home & Gardens
Lake Bluff, IL

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