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HALESIA tetraptera var. monticola

Image of Halesia tetraptera var. monticola

Jesse Saylor

Family

Styracaceae

Botanical Name

HALESIA tetraptera var. monticola

Plant Common Name

Mountain Silverbell

Special Notice

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General Description

The gentle, bell-like, white flowers of mountain silverbell are a lovely sight to behold in springtime, being slightly larger in size than those of the Carolina silverbell (H. tetraptera). A tall, pyramid-like, deciduous tree from the cool, moist soils of the higher elevations of Arkansas and North Carolina in the southern United States, it often is multi-trunked, showing off its gray and brown fissured and shallowly furrowed bark. As the first of the downy, medium green leaves begin to emerge in spring, clusters of two to five pendent white, bell-shaped blossoms line the branches, sometimes alongside the leaves. Frequented by bees, each flower may become a four-keeled yellowish green fruit that will ripen to bronze-tan in autumn. The fall foliar color is a subdued light yellow to yellow-green, occurring early in the season.

Plant Mountain silverbell in a moist, acidy, fertile soil in full sun to partial shade. Keep soils high in organic matter and mulch deeply to ensure the soil remains cool. Also place it in a sheltered location so the flowers are not obliterated by winds. Grow it in a woodland garden with azaleas, mountain laurel and trillium at its base, or over a park bench where people can look up and gaze into the flowers when in bloom.

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

    25'-40' / 7.6m - 12.2m

  • Width

    20'-35' / 6.1m - 10.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, South-Central United States, Texas

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Light Yellow, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes