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Halesia carolina
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Halesia carolina

Snowdrop

Description: Halesia Carolina, also known as Carolina Silverbell or Snowdrop tree is a small deciduous flowering tree or spreading shrub. It has a broad, rounded crown and is typically less than 10m tall. A magnificent display is created in late spring, when pendent clusters of white, bell-shaped flowers appear. These emerge at the same time as the fresh green leaves, which will later turn buttery shades in autumn before they fall. Four-winged, brownish, nut-like fruits appear in the autumn and often persist well into the winter.

History: The genus Halesia was named in honour of Dr Stephen Hales, the pioneer physiologist (1671-1761). Halesia Carolina is native to the South-Eastern United States and introduced to Britain by J.E Ellis in 1756.

Halesia Growing Tips: Preference to lime-free soil. Will grow well in moist drained soil with shelter from cold winds.

Height and Spread (after 20 years): 8m x 4m

General attributes

Text Green Foliage
Text Bushy

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Flowering month - May Flowering month - May
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Prefers acid soil Prefers acid soil
Needs well draining site Needs well draining site
Needs sheltered site Needs sheltered site
Shade tolerant Shade tolerant
Replacement prune Replacement prune