Little Silverbell - Halesia carolina
A multi-stemmed shrub or small tree, here Carolina Silverbell is shown at a maximum height in an arboretum setting. In its native habitat this Styrax Family member grows in well-drained, moist soils from the southern coastal plains to the foothills. The flowers are bell-shaped with four fused petals. The ovoid or elliptic capsule has four slender wings. The narrow leaves are as much as five inches long with a pointed tip; they lack teeth. Fairly long-lived, Carolina Silverbell is a notable ornamental, grown for the flowers, fruits, and yellow autumn color.