Carolina Silverbell - Little Silverbel
Halesia carolina - Linnaeus
Styracaceae (Storax) Family
The plant is a small trees or large shrub to about 30 feet high with a trunk diameter of no more than 8 inches. Its preferred habitat is moist woods, flood plains and stream banks. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part, stalked, widest at the middle to egg-shaped, no teeth and no lobes (or may have a few scattered teeth), forms an angle to the left and is tapered or pinched at the tip. Leaf base is wedge-shaped.
Flowers are in the leaf axil on old wood. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The calyx is lobed; the corolla is bell-shaped and 4-lobed. There will be numerous stamens. the color is white or pink. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is a winged capsule
The common and scientific names refer to the two-winged fruit. The immature sour green fruit is consumed by wildlife, including squirrels.