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Bare Root Carolina Silverbell Tree (Halesia tetraptera)

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Small deciduous tree
Description:  White bell-shaped flowers in spring, soft yellow foliage in the fall
Habit:  Prefers full sun to partial shade and rich, well-drained, acid soil
Culture:  Reaches 30 feet
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5
Origin:  North America
Attributes:  Fall color
Jefferson documented

Halesia tetraptera is an understory tree that is native from West Virginia south to Florida and west to eastern Texas.  It was named after Stephen Hale, (1677-1761) author of a famous work Vegetable Statics.  Carolina Silverbell was introduced into Great Britain in 1756 and was called Snowdrop or Silverbell Tree.  In a letter to John W. Eppes dated March 6, 1817, Thomas Jefferson indicated "P.S. a Halesia sent. also purple and white figs".

This plant will ship bare root.  1/4" diameter.

Bare root planting tips:

~  If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~  Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~  Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.

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