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Halesia tetraptera [split from Halesia carolina]

Common Silverbell, Mountain Silverbell, Snowdrop-tree

Scientific Name:

Halesia tetraptera [split from Halesia carolina]

Genus:

Halesia

Species Epithet:

tetraptera

Common Name:

Common Silverbell, Mountain Silverbell, Snowdrop-tree

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Styracaceae (Storax Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

12-36 ft., 36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist slopes, coves, creek-banks, bottomlands (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare in the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Weakley (2015) splits this species from Halesia carolina (Little Silverbell), which does not grow in NC, but can be found from SC south to the FL panhandle and west to MS. Weakley does not split Halesia tetraptera into varieties.

Blooms

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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