Halesia tetraptera

Carolina Silverbell

Tips for Homeowners:

The tree does not tolerate winter well due to limb breakage and it is best to trim it for tidiness soon after it flowers.

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Everything about this tree is showy to include the silvery white flowers that dangle from the branches, the unusual seedpods, the yellow fall color and the smooth gray bark that peels in thin little threads.

  • Rounded form
  • Beautiful bell-shaped, fragrant flowers in late spring
  • Yellow fall foliage

An excellent choice for the woodland garden as a small shade tree or for naturalizing.  Needs protection from drying winds and western sun. Best in eastern Kansas. 

Height: 30-40 ft
Spread: 20-35 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Carolina Silverbell:

A native understory tree or shrub found mostly in woodland areas prefers acidic pH like that of Rhododendrons, in fact, they make great neighbors.  The flowers in spring are very showy, but to get it full impact this tree should be planted close to the action.  The fall color is a long-lasting yellow color and the bark is a smooth gray bark that does exfoliate in very fine strips.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Winter Interest
  • Fall Color
  • Naturalizing
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Specimen
  • Focal Point
  • Disease Resistant
  • Border or Bed
  • Native

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Gray


  • Partial Sun


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained