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Halesia carolina

Snowdrop tree

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

The clusters of pure white, pendent flowers, like bunches of snowdrops, are halesia's superb spring flourish, and earn the shrub a position of prominence in the garden. Even out of bloom, plants are handsome and very shapely, but they have a second season of colour in autumn when the grey-green foliage turns bright yellow. The North American species H. carolina is a large shrub, eventually a small tree unless limited by pruning, for a sheltered spot in full sun (plants also tolerate some shade), and grows well on most non-acid soils. Also known as H. tetraptera.

Family: Styracaceae

Genus: Halesia

Species: carolina

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 600cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November


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