Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1932

Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA-SC Coastal Plain, rare in NC Coastal Plain)

Look for it on moist slopes, in coves, creekbanks, bottomlands, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White or shaded with pink
4-merous
Synsepalous calyx, lobes minute
4-lobed campanulate corolla
8-16 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Fruits broadly 4-winged

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/7/08):
Halesia tetraptera var. tetraptera   FAMILY Styracaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Halesia tetraptera var. tetraptera   FAMILY Styracaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 152-01-001:
Halesia carolina   FAMILY Styracaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Halesia carolina

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Silverbell


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JK Marlow    jkm0402b_17

February    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Bark dark bluish-gray, smooth & orange-striped on young stems, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm0402b_19

February    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Older bark blue-gray to brown, with scaly plates, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0404y_33

April    Rutherford County    NC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm120424_524

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Leaves oblong, ovate to elliptic or oblong-ovate; finely serrate, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Silverbell, Spicebush and Storax

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JK Marlow    jkm160423_449

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_h_tetraptera_0754

April    Newberry County    SC

Lynch's Woods Park

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4211_319

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Calyx 3-6mm long, the teeth or lobes minute, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4211_352

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4211_354

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4910_228

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4910_230

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves widely elliptic to obovate, acuminate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4910_242

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_halesia_tetraptera

April        

Petals united for most of their length, the tube longer than the lobes, per Weakley's Flora.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_halesia_tetraptera_3

April        

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Ron Lance    rwl1932_a

April        

Anthers just within the mouth of corolla tube, style slightly exserted, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm090510_048

May    Greenville County    SC

Palmetto Trail: Poinsett Passage

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JK Marlow    jkm140625_332

June    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

Fruit ellipsoid to slightly obovate in outline, broadly 4-winged, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm140625_339

June    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_h_tetraptera_tetrap_1

December    Floyd County    GA