Silverbell Trees

Silverbell Trees

About Silverbell Trees

Halesia, also known as silverbell or snowdrop tree, is a small genus of four or five species of deciduous large shrubs or small trees in the family Styracaceae, native to eastern Asia (southeast China) and eastern North America (southern Ontario, Canada south to Florida and eastern Texas, United States). They grow to 520 m (1666 ft) tall (rarely to 39 m (128 ft)), and have alternate, simple ovate leaves 516 cm long and 38 cm broad. The flowers are pendulous, white or pale pink, produced in open clusters of 2-6 together, each flower 13 cm long. The fruit is a distinctive, oblong dry drupe 24 cm long. All species except H. diptera have four narrow longitudinal ribs or wings; diptera only has two, making it the most distinctive of the group.

Contributions by MPF, 8.10.208.2, and Darorcilmir.