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Growth Type Deciduous Tree
Hardiness Zones 5-8
Planting Conditions Full Sun
TJ Documented Plant Yes

Halesia carolina is an understory tree that is native from West Virginia south to Florida and west to eastern Texas. It was named after Stephen Hales, 1677-1761 author of a famous work on plant physiology, Vegetable Staticks. Mountain Silverbell, also known as Carolina Silverbell, was introduced into Great Britain in 1756 and was called Snowdrop or Silverbell Tree. In a letter to John W. Eppes dated March 6, 1817, Thomas Jefferson indicated ..."P.S. a Halesia sent. also purple and white figs."

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Typical Blooming Dates: April - May
Color(s): White
Location at Monticello: West Lawn

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