Carolina Silverbell Halesia carolina - Halesia monticola, Halesia parviflora, Halesia tetraptera

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Botanical Name:

Halesia carolina







Common Name:

Carolina Silverbell

Seeds Per Pound:
4.88 lb
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Germination Test Type:
30 feet
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In Stock: 4.88 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 13 seeds)
1 oz (~ 78 seeds)
4 oz (~ 313 seeds)
8 oz (~ 625 seeds)
1 lb (~ 1250 seeds)
1 kg (~ 2756 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours. Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 90 days, cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed. sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Few trees flower more elegantly-- white, bell-shaped, 3/4" blooms dangling like raindrops in rows along year-old branches, spring flowering, the limbs arch up and out to form a rounded, horizontal canopy, few pests, likes rich, acid soil, an understory tree native to southeast and south-central U.S.
* Halesia tetraptera, commonly known as the common silverbell is a species in the family Styracaceae, native to the southeastern United States. It is cultivated as an ornamental tree.
* The species is found in scattered populations over much of the eastern United States, as far north as West Virginia, south to northern Florida, and west to Oklahoma. But it is thinly distributed over much of its native range, and is becoming rare in many areas. more...
* Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils in part shade. May be grown as a large, multi-stemmed shrub or trained as single trunk tree.
* A Southeast U.S. native, small understory tree with a broad, rounded crown or a large shrub. In the wild, Carolina silverbell typically does not exceed 35' in height (though specimens have been found in the 80-100' range), and is frequently shrubby in habit. Features drooping clusters (usually 2-5 flowers each) of bell-shaped, white flowers (1/2") which appear in April shortly before or simultaneous to the point when the leaves emerge.
* Synonymous with Halesia tetraptera (tetraptera meaning four-winged). more...
* The ripe fruit is chewed for its acidity. Unripe fruits are sometimes pickled.The fruit is about 4cm in diameter. more...
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