Halesia tetraptera from Joanne in sc

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Hiking Cradle of Forestry. Saw interesting bark striped pattern. Took pics bark and leaves. Staff was stumped. Maybe it was striped maple but we thought we took pic leaves from tree.

Hi Joanne,

I am disappointed that they were stumped!  I guess not many are getting a good field botany education anymore.  This is Carolina Silverbell, and I think this particular form is now called Halesia tetraptera, but it is our most common species. The younger trunks are striped, but less so as they get older.


Dr. Steven R. Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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