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Carolina silverbell—Halesia carolina L.—is a small, deciduous tree found naturally from West Virginia and southern Illinois south to South Carolina, northwestern Florida, and Alabama, with small pockets as far west as Arkansas and Oklahoma (Sargent 1965; Sluder 1990). It has been successfully planted in Massachusetts and California and also to some extent in northern and central Europe. Carolina silverbell was first cultivated in 1756 (Bonner and Mignery 1974). It is highly valued as an ornamental, and its fruits are a source of food for wildlife.

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Author(s): Franklin T. Bonner

Publication: Woody Plant Seed Manual - Part 2 - Genera (A-Z)