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Halesia carolina 'Wedding Bells'

Wedding Bells Carolina Silverbell

Wedding Bells is best known for its compact form and prolific display of large, white spring flowers. With a name derived from the winged fruits and the flowers that resemble small silver bells, this cultivar of Carolina Silverbell is a great little native tree that grows in moist soils and heavy shade. Discovered by Dr. Mark Brand in Ohio and introduced through the University of Connecticut, this tree can fill those dark niches in shrub or woodland borders and is best set off with a dark green backdrop.

Category: Small flowering tree; deciduous
Hardiness: 5 to 8(9)
Foliage: Nice. Darker green than other Halesia
Fall Color: Yellow
Flower: White bell-shaped flowers bloom in April to early May; significantly larger and more prolific than the species
Fruit: Winged drupe; green changing to light brown in the fall
Bark: Brown to black combination; ridged and furrowed developing into scaly plates
Texture: Medium
Shape: More compact and pyramidal than the species
Mature Size: 20' tall by 15' wide
Growth Rate: Medium
Adaptability: This tree prefers rich, high organic matter soil that is acidic, moist and well-drained
Native Habitat: Native to Central and Southeastern US extending west to Oklahoma