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PlantFiles: Carolina Silverbell
Halesia carolina

Family: Styracaceae (sty-ra-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Halesia (HAYLZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: carolina (kair-oh-LY-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Halesia parviflora

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bluespiral On Oct 18, 2006, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

True, not for fall foliage, but I always thought that the pods that rattled in the wind were the "silverbells" after which this tree was named - this is a great tree for the romantic imagination.

Neutral smiln32 On Oct 12, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is one of the few trees to present interesting bark year-round. Although more noticeable in the winter months, the vertical fissures of gray, brown, and black that form into plates are quite effective against a dark background. Not a good tree for fall foliage, though.

Positive clv On Mar 28, 2004, clv from Columbus, OH wrote:

a Beautiful group of these trees are on the Ohio State University campus in columbus ohio. They are medium size here, probably because of the cold. They are also very difficult to find locally, but worth the search.

Positive dogbane On Nov 11, 2003, dogbane from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Good substitute for areas where dogwoods are unhappy.

Positive patp On Jul 10, 2003, patp from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

What's not to like about a tree that erupts in bell-like cream-colored flowers to announce Spring's arrival? The bark is interesting as well.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Morrilton, Arkansas
Norwalk, Connecticut
Winterthur, Delaware
Terre Haute, Indiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Earleville, Maryland
Ellicott City, Maryland
Riverdale, Maryland
Waltham, Massachusetts
Raleigh, North Carolina
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Dickson, Tennessee
Lexington, Virginia
Orlean, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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