Wordless Wednesday—Mountain Silverbell

Each spring I look forward to seeing Mountain Silverbell in flower at the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG). Native to North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia.

Halesia tetraptera var. monticola (Mountain Silverbell)

Halesia tetraptera var. monticola (Mountain Silverbell)

Halesia tetraptera var. monticola (Mountain Silverbell)

Halesia tetraptera var. monticola (Mountain Silverbell)

14 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday—Mountain Silverbell

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Marian, I copied this name off the new label at NCBG. It used to be labeled Halesia carolina (Carolina Silverbell). A staff member had told me a couple of years ago they need to correct the label and I guess they did finally. The names appear to be in dispute but this particular one seems to grow mountains of NC and gets much taller (although it isn’t very tall now).

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I started doubting my memory, so went back through photos and verified the botanical garden label on this one used to read Halesia carolina (Carolina Silverbell). Now it reads Halesia tetraptera var. monticola (Mountain Silverbell). Guess I will have to look for the Carolina somewhere else, but apparently they look very similar, only the Mountain Silverbell grows taller.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It was lucky to catch the silverbell in flower the other day. Hope yo get to see it sometime. Let me know if you’re ever headed this way.

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  1. bittster

    It’s a beautiful tree. I wonder if one of its relatives is what blooms in early spring here along some of the steeper hillsides. I’ve never been ambitious enough to get a closeup view!

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