Halesia diptera (two-winged silverbell or two-winged snowdrop tree) is a species in the family Styracaceae, native to the southeastern United States from South Carolina and Florida west to eastern Texas.
It is a large shrub or small tree reaching 4-8 m tall. The leaves are deciduous, 6-12 cm long and 4-7 cm broad. The flowers are white, 2-2.5 cm long, produced in clusters of 3-6 together. The fruit is a dry (non-fleshy) drupe with two wings down the sides; this distinguishes it from the other species of Halesia, which have four wings on the fruit.
There are two varieties:
- Halesia diptera var. diptera
- Halesia diptera var. magniflora R.K.Godfrey
Halesia diptera is cultivated as an ornamental tree.
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