Halesia diptera

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Two-wing silverbell
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Styracaceae
Genus: Halesia
Species: H. diptera
Binomial name
Halesia diptera

Halesia diptera (two-wing 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.[1] It is cultivated as an ornamental tree.


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.[2]


There are two varieties:[1]

  • Halesia diptera var. diptera
  • Halesia diptera var. magniflora R.K.Godfrey
Mature tree in flower


  1. ^ a b Germplasm Resources Information Network: Halesia diptera
  2. ^ Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan ISBN 0-333-47494-5.