Halesia (Silverbell, Snowdrop Tree)



Halesia (Silverbell, Snowdrop Tree) is a genus comprising about 4-5 species of deciduous tree or shrub in the family Styracaceae, native to eastern Asia, southeast China and eastern North America. It was named after Stephen Hales.

Halesia species grow 5-20 m tall. The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate, 5-16 cm long and 3-8 cm broad. The flowers are pendulous, bell-shaped, white or pale pink, produced in open clusters of 2-6 together. Each flower is 1-3 cm long, borne in spring. The fruit is a distinctive, oblong dry drupe, 2-4 cm long. All species except H. diptera have four narrow longitudinal ribs or wings; H. diptera is the most distinctive of the group with only two ribs.

Halesia likes sun or partial shade, fertile, moisture-retentive but well-drained neutral to acid soil. Propagation is done by seed in autumn, softwood cuttings in summer or layer in spring.

Halesia tetraptera (Halesia carolina) var. monticolaHalesia tetraptera (Halesia carolina) var. monticola
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authorshipChrumps
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Halesia carolinaHalesia carolina
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authorshipKurt Stüber
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Halesia monticolaHalesia monticola
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authorshipJerzy Opioła
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Halesia carolinaHalesia carolina
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authorshipKurt Stüber
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Halesia dipteraHalesia diptera
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authorshipDaderot
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