Halesia carolina L.
Common Name: SILVER-BELL
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad Tree

A southern species, barely ranging north to southernmost Illinois and Ohio. Often cultivated northward, and collected, in full bloom, as escaped in a forested ravine in Oakland Co. in 1946, and also recently in Kalamazoo Co.

A distinctive small tree, easily recognized by its spring-blooming, 4-merous, white, bell-shaped, pendent flowers. We follow Fritsch & Lucas (2000) in recognizing a broad concept of Halesia carolina. Some authors, following Reveal and Seldin (1976) recognize H. carolina in a narrow sense (and apply the name to what had been formerly called H. parviflora), in which case our species is H. tetraptera J. Ellis.


Kalamazoo County
Oakland County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. March 22, 2018. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2718.