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Plant Species of the genus Halesia

Information about this genus
Name: Halesia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Silverbells are most at home in a moist humid environment sheltered from strong winds. They are cool-climate plants but require a hot summer for best display of flowers. The soil should be well drained and preferably slightly acidic. Pruning is best confined to trimming to shape. Propagate from seed or summer cuttings.
Description: This is a genus of 4 or 5 species of deciduous shrubs or small trees indigenous to China and eastern North America. Predominantly found in moist deciduous woodlands, these plants have graceful and attractive spring flowers. Individually the flowers are simple, small white bells, but massed together, moving gently on the breeze, they have an instant appeal. Winged fruits follow in autumn but are not a feature. The leaf is usually a simple mid-green ellipse, up to 5?in (12 cm) long, that colors little before dropping in autumn. Botanists are divided over this genus. Some have reclassified Halesia carolina and divided its various forms between H. monticola and H. tetraptera, another North American species; others consider H. monticola to be a subspecies of H. tetraptera or H. carolina. Whichever is true, it seems probable that one species, most likely H. monticola, will disappear.

Specie Vernacular Zone
carolina 3-9
Halesia diptera 6-9
monticola 4-9
tetraptera mountain silverbell

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