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Small, pretty deciduous tree for Zone 9A and northward. Reaches 30 feet in height and perhaps 20 feet in width. Flowers profusely in early spring, with an abundance of bell-shaped white flowers that makes this tree highly ornamental and perfect for weddings and other ceremonies. Silverbell puts out flowers before the leaves come out, just like redbuds do. After flowering, attractive one-inch, two-winged fruit are suspended from the branches until late fall. Use this pretty tree as a specimen or mix with other trees and shrubs of North Florida hydric hammocks. You'll get a fuller canopy and better blooming in full sun but this tree of North Florida woodlands (often found mixed with beech or ash trees) can take a little shade. Make sure you have well drained soils - our northeastern Florida Silverbell trees tend to ascend the woodland slopes to reside on higher ground. Silverbell has no problems with humidity and powdery mildew like some other popular flowering trees. Superior Trees and Trillium Gardens offer a Northwest Florida ecotype, 'Magniflora' variety, with better blooming, particularly in full sun.
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