Carolina Silverbell 

The Carolina silverbell is most noted for its delicate, white, bell-shaped flowers that appear in drooping clusters. These flowers are followed by oval shaped fruits that have 4 distinct green to brown wings. This tree attracts insect pollinators and small mammals.

Family: Styracaceae (Storax)

Characteristics: The 2-5 inch long leaves are yellow-green, toothed, ovate-oblong, and usually do not change color in the fall. In April, before or with the leaves, white, bell-shaped, and delicate flowers begin to bloom in drooping clusters. These flowers are followed by 1 inch long, oval shaped fruits that have 4 distinct wings. Bark is gray and has white stripping. This tree is often multi-trunked, low branching, and has a rounded crown. Single trunk trees will usually have a more pyramidal or oval shape. This tree grows 30-40 feet high and 20-30 feet wide.

Foliage: Deciduous (leaves lost seasonally)

Geographic Origin: Southeastern United States (native)

Cultivation Notes:  Requires low maintenance. Does best in part-shade, though can also tolerate full sun. Prefers acidic, moist, and well-drained soil.

Number on Campus: 1

Sources: Dirr, Morton Arboretum, Missouri Botanical Garden

 

  • Carolina Silverbell
  • Carolina Silverbell leaves
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