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HALESIA diptera var. magniflora

Image of Halesia diptera var. magniflora

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Styracaceae

Botanical Name

HALESIA diptera var. magniflora

Plant Common Name

American Snowdrop Tree, Big-flowered Silverbell

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General Description

Appearing with slightly larger white bell-shaped flowers with flaring white petals than the species in late spring, Halesia dipera variety magniflora also has pretty yellowed fall foliage. An upright large shrub or small tree with spreading branches, the big-flowered silverbell is native to pockets along the plains of the American Gulf Coast, South Carolina to eastern Texas. Young stems are reddish brown and the grayish sandy brown trunk has a corky bark with age that is first furrowed and then with scaled flakes.

The bright green leaves are ovaled with a tip with slightly lighter green undersides. Sometimes the leaf edges have tiny irregular teeth or are fully teethed. After the foliage emerges and reaches full size by late spring, dainty small clusters of white drooping flowers appear from the twigs. Each bell-shaped blossom has four deeply lobed petals and attract bee pollinators. The seeds that ensure are encased in a light green papery fruit with two wings that wil be eaten by birds and squirrels. In autumn these fruits become tan as the foliage turns yellow and yellow-green.

Grow big-flowered silverbell in full sun to partial shade in a moist, fertile soil that is ideally rich in organic matter. Variety magniflora is better suited to handle droughts, but it is best kept moist like the species and protected from winds. Use it as a large, open shrub to small tree in a large mixed border or along the edges of a stream or pond.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-35' / 4.6m - 10.7m

  • Width

    18'-27' / 5.5m - 8.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    United States, Southeastern United States, South-Central United States, Texas

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Light Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes