Taxon: Halesia carolina L.

Genus: Halesia
Family: Styracaceae
Nomen number: 18215
Place of publication: Syst. nat. ed. 10, 2:1044. 1759
Comment: non Halesia carolina auct. (= H. tetraptera J. Ellis)
Name Verified on: 12-Mar-1993 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 28-Jan-2007
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA)
Accessions: 124 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • Carolina silverbell  (Source: Trees US) - English
  • Florida silverbell  (Source: Trees US) - English
  • little silverbell  (Source: Trees US) - English
  • mountain silverbell  (Source: Trees US) - English
  • silverbell-tree  (Source: Taxon) - English
  • snowdroptree  (Source: Taxon) - English
  • snödroppsträd  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish
  • storblommigt snödroppsträd  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Krussmann)
  • Environmental: shade/shelter (fide AH 519)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, - Oklahoma
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Indiana, - Ohio, - West Virginia
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, - Arkansas, - Florida, - Georgia, - Kentucky, - Louisiana, - Mississippi, - North Carolina, - South Carolina, - Tennessee, - Virginia

  • Naturalized:

  • Northern America

    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Michigan, - New York, - Pennsylvania, - Rhode Island

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Clark, R. C. 1971. The woody plants of Alabama Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 58:227.
  • Clewell, A. F. Guide to the vascular plants of the Florida panhandle. 1985 (F FlaPan)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. 1993- (F NAmer)
  • Fritsch, P. W. & S. D. Lucas 2000. Clinal variation in the Halesia carolina complex (Styracaceae) Syst. Bot. 25:197-210.
  • Krüssmann, G. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976). 1984 (Krussmann)
  • Little, E. L., Jr. Important forest trees of the United States. 1978 (AH 519)
  • Little, E. L., Jr. Checklist of United States trees, Agric. Handb. 541. 1979 (Trees US)
  • Reveal, J. L. & M. J. Selden 1975. On the identity of Halesia carolina (Styracaceae) (Taxon) 25:123-140.


Check other web resources for Halesia carolina L. :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Halesia carolina cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Embryo drawing: U.S. National Seed Herbarium drawing
  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image