Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

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

Two-Winged Silverbell 
Halesia diptera 
 Styracaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, and generally obovate, and finely toothed with stiff hairs underneath. Twigs are green and brown 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 2-winged drupe. Form is up to 9 m (30 ft) in height. Two-winged silverbell is found on wet lowland sites and moist upland sites in the eastern U.S. and is shade tolerant. The fruits are eaten by birds. 

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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