Carolina Silverbell- Halesia carolina is a lovely native tree that could make a good replacement for the Bradford Pear. It is similar in size, blooms in April and won’t take over the neighborhood. The flowers hang in drooping clusters and are white with golden anthers in the center. The flowers are attractive to all kinds of pollinating insects. Fall color is a glowing golden yellow.
In its native environment, it is an understory tree that grows to 30′ to 40′ but it flowers better and has a better form in full sun. It prefers rich moist soils but is somewhat adaptable. It can take any of several forms of growth. It can be a large shrub if left untrained. It can be a multi-trunked tree or can be pruned to a single trunk like a traditional tree.
Carolina Silverbell is hardy in zones 4 to 8.