Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Carolina Silverbell
Halesia tetraptera
Styracaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, generally elliptical, up to 7 inches long, and finely toothed with stiff hairs underneath. Twigs are green, brown, and white striped and may be shreddy. Bark is green or yellow-brown striped on smaller stems and yellow-brown and scaly on older trees. Flowers are white bells and very showy. Fruit is a 4-winged drupe. Carolina silverbell is found on fertile mesic sites in the eastern U.S. and is shade tolerant. Form is up to 30 m (100 ft) in height and 1 m (3 ft) in diameter. The soft wood is used for pulpwood, cabinets and woodenware. Cultivars with pink flowers have been developed.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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