Halesia diptera var. magniflora

Two Winged Silverbell

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Two winged silverbell is an understory tree found in moist and brackish soils in the southern coastal plain. It is medium sized growing to around 40 feet tall, and it flowers in mid to late spring with clusters of 1”, pure white, pendant, bell-shaped flowers. Enter variety magniflora or large flowering two winged silverbell, which occurs naturally only in southeastern Alabama. This is a silverbell on steroids! Flowers are twice as large and are produced in profusion before leaves emerge in the spring. A mature flowering tree looks like a white cloud for a week or two. Give silverbell a little shade from the afternoon sun, and average to moist, organic soil. It grows quickly with a full height and spread of 20 to 30’ and can also be grown as a multi-stemmed shrub. Fall foliage color is a nice yellow. This plant won the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant Award in 1995. Under plant it with bluestar, blue phlox, bleeding hearts, and fothergilla, or let it shine as a specimen in the lawn. 


Native Plant

Rain Garden


Plant Type


Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Light Exposure

Half and half, Mostly shady

Full shade

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Mid spring

Soil Condition

Organic, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Moderate








Hardiness Zones        

6, 7, 8


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