tree

Two Winged Silverbell

Halesia diptera

Add To My Wish List

print page
 
Two Winged Silverbell (Halesia diptera) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Two Winged Silverbell flowers

Two Winged Silverbell flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Two Winged Silverbell (Halesia diptera) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Two Winged Silverbell in bloom

Two Winged Silverbell in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A small, refined woodland tree, treasured for its dainty white bell-shaped flowers which hang from the branches in spring; very fussy plant, requires organic acidic soil, adequate moisture and some shelter, can be somewhat difficult to transplant

Ornamental Features

Two Winged Silverbell features dainty clusters of white bell-shaped flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Two Winged Silverbell is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Two Winged Silverbell is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Two Winged Silverbell will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features