Halesia carolina Halesia


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


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

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