Deciduous shrubs or small trees with shredding bark. Twigs moderate, terete; pith small, round, chambered, white. Buds moderate, superposed, ovoid, with about 4 red scales. Leaf-scars alternate, moderate, half-round, notched; bundle-trace 1, curved, compound; stipule-scars none. Fruit a dry capsule, persistent into winter.
Fig. 276. Halesia Carolina.
1. H. Carolina L. Silverbell-Tree. Large shrub or tree up to 10 m. high, with bark separating into small closely appressed scales; twigs glabrate; buds acute, slightly stalked, fruit 2-3.5 cm. long, 4-winged. Rich woods, Florida to Texas, north to Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma (Fig. 276).