Saturday, February 15, 2020

History Blooms at Monticello - Carolina Silverbell

Carolina Silverbell (Halesia tetraptera)

Halesia tetraptera is an understory tree that is native from West Virginia south to Florida and west to eastern Texas. It was named after Stephen Hale, (1677-1761) author of a famous work Vegetable Statics. Carolina Silverbell was introduced into Great Britain in 1756 and was called Snowdrop or Silverbell Tree. 

In a letter to John W. Eppes dated March 6, 1817, Thomas Jefferson indicated …” P.S. a Halesia sent. also purple and white figs.”

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