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Little Silverbell, Carolina Silverbell
|Size:||30-40 (40) ft|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Interesting bark, Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Grow as an understory tree in a mixed or deciduous woodland. It blooms in early spring as the leaves appear and is more dainty than H. diptera. Does well when planted in association with Ericacious plants such as azaleas.|
|Propagation:||Cuttings or seed. Said to be best transplanted with its roots balled.|
|Light:||Part Shade, Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand|
Larval host for various moths including the Promethea Moth (Callosamia promethea), Canadian Melanolophia (Melanolophia canadaria), and Stinging Rose Caterpillar (Parasa indetermina). Among vertebrate animals, tree squirrels occasionally eat the immature fruits and possibly seeds.
Larval host for various moths including the Promethea Moth (Callosamia promethea), Canadian Melanolophia (Melanolophia canadaria), and Stinging Rose Caterpillar (Parasa indetermina).
Attracts primarily honeybees, bumblebees, and probably other long-tongued bees.
|Native Habitats:||Bluffs, hammocks, floodplain forests.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|General Comments:||Grown less frequently than H. diptera but worthy of planting.|