Halesia tetraptera

Common name: Carolina Silverbell

Native plant

A wonderful spring bloomer with white, bell-shaped blossoms that hang lightly from the stems in bunches. In Illinois, I know of only a few sites that this plant can be found growing wild, but it seems to be very adaptable much further north in protected areas. Moist soils with a good amount of organic matter are needed for best growth. However, it is tolerant of most garden conditions, except salt. I’ve heard that is is a moderate to fast grower, but if that’s the case I’ll eat one. For us, it seems to be more on the fast side of slow. If the growth rate bothers you, keep in mind that the pay-off is worth the wait because the flowers and bark are striking.


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Woodies- Specialty Tree Tier 2
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site



Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
30 Feet
Max width
25 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant

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