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Halesia tetraptera 'UConn Wedding Bells (aka 'Wedding Bells')'

Carolina Silverbell

Plant Type:


Halesia tetraptera ‘UConn Wedding Bells’ (form. Halesia carolina) – This Carolina Silverbell selection is an introduction made by Professor Mark Brand from the University of Connecticut. It is a smaller growing tree with loads of white flowers, each floret slightly larger than found in the straight species. I believe he found this form in Ohio. Mark, if you stumble upon this assertion please let me know if we are correct?! In the north spring planting is strongly recommended - guys: wait until spring. Established potted branched starter tree, cutting grown.


20 ft


15-20 ft




(4)5 to 8(9)
What is my hardiness zone?
Item Description Price  
HALTEWED Halesia tetraptera 'UCONN Wedding Bells' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $32.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Halesia tetraptera 'UConn Wedding Bells (aka 'Wedding Bells')'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Interesting Bark

  • Striped
  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade


  • Specimen
  • Woodland

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Acid


  • Eastern U.S.

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Halesia

Common Name: Carolina Silverbell

The Carolina Silverbells when in flower are most beautiful low-branched trees. Flowers dangle in huge numbers, 4-lobed, bell-shaped in middle spring in northeastern Connecticut, earlier farther south, before the foliage emerges. They are understory trees in the southeastern U. S. As such, all tend to be happier in some open afternoon shade planted in fertile, draining soil. The multitudes of pendulous papery brown fruits on all Silverbells all along the branches dangle and dance in autumn breezes well into winter. They add more seasonal interest. All Silverbells tend towards multi-stemming; if you prefer a single-stemmed specimen you will have need of pruning shears kept close at hand. The dark purple-brown bark is loaded with vertical striations in a putty color. The Carolina Silverbells were formerly known as Halesia carolina, now H. tetraptera. In the north spring planting is strongly recommended. All of the Carolina Silverbells we offer are cutting grown.