Halesia Silver bell, snowdrop tree

Halesia is mainly indigenous in the southeast of the United States. It includes a number of large shrubs or trees, of which the varieties cultivated here have been classified as a single species for some time, viz., H. Carolina.

This deciduous, woody-stemmed shrub has spreading, undivided, oval, pointed, serrated leaves, thin-stemmed, bell-shaped, white flowers, and large, yellowish-green to light brown, 2 to 4-winged fruits. H. Carolina is a slow-growing, bushy shrub, as broad as it is tall, (in its natural habitat, about 10 m tall), with oval, pointed leaves, 5-10 cm long, with a round base, which are hairy on the upper side at first, but later become bare, while the underside is always hairy.

Species: Halesia carolina Family: Styracaceae ...

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It has numerous white, bell-shaped flowers, 1-2 cm long, on stems, in groups of 2-7, and 3.5 cm long fruits; H. Carolina var. monticola is denser and more tree-like and can grow much taller (up to 24 m). The leaves are up to 15 cm long and turn yellow in autumn; the bell-shaped flowers are 3-3.5 cm long and the fruits are up to 5 cm long. This is an attractive specimen shrub or tree in spring, in a garden or park in a sunny spot, in nutritious soil, rich in humus, with some lime, peat and leaf-mould. It is easy to transplant and does not really need pruning. Remove dead wood and ugly branches. Propagate from seed , by layering (autumn) and from summer cuttings.

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