Halesia diptera var. magniflora

Two-winged Silverbell

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Halesia diptera var. magniflora – Two-winged Silverbell is a lovely rounded tree. White flowers, from .5” to 1.25” long in May/June, flower later than H. tetraptera. The shape of the fruit is how Two-winged Silverbell got its name. The dangling showy, papery brown seed pods sport two larger longitudinal wings as compared to the four equal-sized wings as found on H. tetraptera drupes. In the north spring planting is strongly recommended. Cutting grown.


20-30 ft


20-30 ft




(4)5 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Halesia diptera var. magniflora

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Interesting Bark

  • Colored
  • Striped

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade


  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Acid
  • Draining


  • Southeastern 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.