Halesia diptera

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Twowing Silverbells


Plant Specifics

Size:30 ft tall by 20 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Use as a specimen plant or as an understory in a mixed hardwood forest setting. This tree blooms in early spring before the leaves come out.
Propagation:Layering, stem and root cuttings, seed. Seeds require several years to germinate.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long 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:Sand
Soil pH:



Hummingbirds and cardinals are known to be interested in the nectar.  Squirrels may eat the fruits.  


  • Larval plant for several moth species.
  • Primary pollinators are bees. 

Native Habitats:Dry-moist sites. Upland hardwood forests on fertile mesic slopes and ravines, hammocks, floodplain forests, slope forests, seep slopes, floodplains with short-term inundation.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures