Halesia carolina Snowdrop Tree

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


  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: May
  • S Size: Small
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Replacement prune
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Prefers acid soil

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