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Styracaceae -- Storax family

    Earl R. Sluder

    Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina) is common and  reaches its greatest size in the southern Appalachian Mountains  where it is called mountain silverbell. This attractive shrub or  small tree, also called snowdrop-tree or opossum-wood, grows in  moist soils along streams in the understory of hardwood forests.  It has a moderate growth rate and lives about 100 years. The wood  is soft and close-grained and a favorite wood for crafts. The  white bell-shaped flowers and small size make it a desirable tree  for landscaping. The seeds are eaten by squirrels and the flowers  provide honey for bees.

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Earl R. Sluder

Source: Silvics of North America

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