Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

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

Carolina Silverbell
Halesia tetraptera

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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