General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Plant Height: 10 to 35 feet or more
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Cold, moist stratification. May take up to two years to sprout.
Other info: Collect fruit from early fall to early winter; air dry to prevent mold. Store sealed in the refrigerator.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root

Common names
  • Mountain Silverbell
  • Carolina Silver Bell
  • Carolina Silverbell

Photo Gallery
Location: New York Botanical Gardens Bronx NY
Date: 2016-04-30
Full sun.
Location: Chicago Botanical Gardens
Date: 2013-05-22
Location: Chicago Botanical Gardens
Date: 2013-05-22

Credit NPS
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 18, 2018 10:11 AM concerning plant:
    Some sources online and my old gigantic textbook from 1998 of Manual of Woody Landscape Plants have the official name of Carolina Silverbell as Halesia tetraptera instead of H. Carolina. Therefore, H. tetraptera = H. carolina, with the first scientific name being the one really used now. Look in Halesia carolina to see more photos of this species.

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