Two-wing Silverbell - Halesia diptera
Growing across the Southeast from southern Georgia to east Texas, this 30-foot tree with a 15-inch diameter has a rounded crown that is branched low to the ground. It grows in swampy areas in the coastal plain, and is also planted as an ornamental. The bark is thin and scaly and the wood soft but strong. The leaves are broadest above the middle and up to 4 inches long and irregularly toothed and hairy, becoming smooth. Showy clusters of bell-like, white-petaled flowers mature into a 2-winged fruit that is about 2 inches long.