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In the wild Halesia carolina is a small tree of the forest understorey and an important nectar source for bees. The seeds are eaten by squirrels.
It has a moderate growth rate and lives about 100 years. The white bell-shaped flowers and small size make it a desirable tree for landscaping.
Prefers a moist, well-drained, acid soil.
Close related species - Sinojackia rehderiana.
Close related species - Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina) reaches its greatest size in the southern Appalachian Mountains where it is called mountain silverbell. This attractive shrub or small tree, also called snowdrop-tree or opossum-wood, grows in moist soils along streams in the understory of hardwood forests. It has a moderate growth rate and lives about 100 years. The white bell-shaped flowers and small size make it a desirable tree for landscaping. The seeds are eaten by squirrels and the flowers provide honey for bees.
They can be grown in full sun or light shade in light, acidic soil that has been improved with loam or peat moss. They may also be increased by layering the lower branches, however, seeds are the best means of propagation. Some kinds of Styrax produce a highly fragrant, balsamic resin called Benzoin. It is used in lotions, perfumes, tooth powders and incense and as an expectorant, inhalant and an antiseptic for external use.