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Halesia carolina

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A beautiful tree native to the US, Halesia carolina has clusters of three to five, pendulous, white flowers with a golden centre and delicate scent in late spring. The flowers usually appear on fairly young plants. Leaves are dark green turning golden yellow in a good, crisp autumn before falling.

A fantastic, flowering small tree, ideal for borders or as a standalone specimen!

Supplied Size: 3L containers (100 - 125 cm tall)

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Halesia carolina | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Halesia carolina | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: May.
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Small branching tree with a spreading habit once established.
Height: 8 m (26 ft).
Spread: 10 m (32 ft).

Notes: This plant is also known as Halesia tetraptera. Halesia carolina is similar to Halesia diptera in appearance, perhaps with slightly more flowers but with smaller leaves.

Plant Finder: about Halesia carolina

Common names

Carolina silverbell tree, Snowdrop tree


Halesia carolina (Carolina silverbell tree). This is a spring flowering deciduous tree with large bell-shaped flowers which are followed by winged fruits. The sturdy flowers will emerge beneath the branches and last for about 2 weeks. Companion planting with azaleas and rhododendrons will provide long interest as they have different blooming periods. (All three plants like the same moist, acid soil and partial shade.) Try to purchase a balled and burlapped specimen for transplanting; they will do best. This little tree may take up to three seasons to become completely established, but will not need pruning.

Interest and use

Specimen, ornamental, shade, naturaliser. Spring interest.

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  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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