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Carolina Silverbell (Halesia tetraptera syn. H. carolina)

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Spring-flowering, deciduous, North American tree
Description:  White bell-shaped flowers in spring, soft yellow foliage in fall
Habit:  Grows 30-40 feet high and 20-35 feet wide; may be trained as large, multi-stemmed shrub or single-stemmed tree
Culture:  Prefers full sun to partial shade and rich, well-drained, acid soil
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4

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."

Arrives in a 2 gallon pot.

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