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Halesia carolina

The bark is attractive, the fall color pleasing, and the summer foliage sensational, but the lovely, bell-shaped flowers trump all the other ornamental features on this under-used native tree. Flowers persist on the tree for ten days or more, and even after the blossoms fall, they form a lovely carpet on the ground below. Silverbell makes a fine understory plant since it tolerates semi-shade, but it can also flourish in full sun if adequate soil conditions and moisture levels are present. This is a small tree maturing at 25’-30.' Remarkably trouble-free, Silverbell will give you few instances of insect or disease problems.

Silverbell is one of my favorite small trees. If you place it against a lawn background, you will be able to enjoy both the spring flowers (which are most effective in front of a green background), and the informal growth habit and winter fruits, which are highlighted by a snow-covered landscape. Silverbell performs very well as a naturalizing plant at the edge of a woodland, especially in front of a dark background for floral contrast.

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