NC State University
House with native plants and animalsGoing Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants
Home > How to Go Native > Map Existing Site and Vegetation > Native Plants Attractive to Wildlife

Carolina Silverbell (Halesia tetraptera)

Carolina Silverbell is a deciduous tree that may grow 20 to 35 feet tall. The leaves are alternate with a toothed margin and hairy underside. The bark is red-brown with white stripes, forming a rough diamond-shape when young. As the tree ages, ridges and furrows develop. In spring, showy, white, bell-shaped flowers mature in clusters of 4 to 5. The small tree produces a dry, 2-winged, corky drupe that is 1.5 to 2 inches long.


Butterflies and other insects nectar at the blooms in the spring.

Plant Type Tree 10-30 feet
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Moderate
Regions Mountain, Piedmont
Light Partial Sun/Shade, Full Shade
Soil Moist
Bloom Times Early Spring, Spring
Seed Times Fall
Wildlife Value Butterfly/Insect Nectar
NC Forest ServiceNC Cooperative Extension