Audubon® Carolina Silverbell
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When the world begins to green up, lilacs are blooming, and robins are laying their eggs, Carolina Silverbell adds its own flourish to the spring festivities. Look up then and enjoy this underused native tree's pearly white blossoms, which are suspended from every branch like little parasols. A cozy sitting area under its branches will become a magical space in your landscape each spring, and in summer its dappled shade will make the seat below it a favorite place to sip a cold lemonade and unwind. Plant this medium-sized ornamental tree against a background of large evergreens like Norway Spruce or Hemlock to help the dainty white flowers achieve maximum impact.
May Benefit & Attract: Robins
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size A (5-6' tall) container grown
Size C (8-10' tall) grown balled & burlapped
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Silverbell is native to much of the Southeastern U.S. and was known to English colonists before the U.S. was the U.S. So, it’s not surprising that the tree was named by an Englishman for another Englishman. London merchant John Ellis suggested the name Halesia for his friend Stephen Hales. Hales was a clergyman, botanist, biologist, philosopher, chemist, and physiologist. Some of his most important work was done designing ventilators for dank, unhealthy places like ships. Keep in mind this was in the early 1700s—oxygen had not been “discovered” yet!
"Be there with bells on" is this tree's theme! Each spring, this spectacular tree will "chime in" with clusters of white, bell-shaped flowers that line the branches. Wonderful yellow foliage will delight you in the fall. A very giving tree that can easily be introduced to your landscape design.
How to Grow
Carolina Silverbell is a beautiful tree and one that I think should be planted more often. For starters, it has awesome exfoliating bark that supplies you with visual interest throughout the year. The clusters of white bell-shaped flowers aren’t too shabby either. The low-branching habit makes the Carolina Silverbell a great candidate for a lawn or specimen tree in your garden. Considered a small tree, this beauty will make an excellent addition if planted by your deck or patio. They like sunny locations and do well in your everyday well-drained soil. Another bonus, Carolina Silverbells don’t have any major pest problems. Applying a medium rate fertilizer once a year during the fall season will be beneficial. The fertilizer only needs to be applied for the first 3 years or so and it provides essential nutrients needed to produce lush new growth for the following growing season. Carolina Silverbells are fast growers, so prune when needed to keep it in tip-top shape.
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Size A Trees:
5-6' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Although this tree can be easily handled by one person its large container and overall branching prevent it from fitting into a box. A van or SUV will be needed to haul this native tree home.
Size C Trees:
8-10' tall, grown and delivered balled & burlapped. This tree is BIG! The birds will instantly welcome its branching to rest on. It is recommened a tree this size be moved and installed by a professional.
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