Halesia monticola

Mountain silverbell

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Deciduous tree

Flower colour






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The mountain silverbell is an unusual tree for the medium-sized garden. It's notable for its clusters of pure white, pendent flowers, like bunches of snowdrops, earning the shrub a position of prominence in the garden. Even out of bloom, plants are handsome and very shapely, making excellent specimen trees. They have a second season of colour in autumn when the grey-green foliage turns bright yellow. Mature specimens also have bark which peels off for a striking winter feature. It's slow growing, forming a large shrub and eventually a small tree unless limited by pruning. Suitable for a sheltered spot in full sun (plants also tolerate some shade), it grows well on most non-acid soils.

Family: Styracaceae

Genus: Halesia

Species: monticola

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 600cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

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