Halesia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Halesia deciduous small trees or shrubs of China and eastern North America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Halesia hȧ*lē"zhĭ*ȧ (Bot) A genus of American shrubs containing several species, called snowdrop trees, or silver-bell trees. They have showy, white flowers, drooping on slender pedicels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n halesia The generic name of the snowdrop- or silverbell-tree of the southern United States, belonging to the natural order Styraceæ, distinguished from Styrax and Symplocos chiefly by its winged fruit. According to Bentham and Hooker, the east Asiatic genus Pterostyrax should be united with Halesia; but Gray did not accept this view. The plants are handsome shrubs or small trees, with white bell-shaped flowers on slender peduncles, appearing before the leaves, and usually borne on drooping or more or less horizontal branches, forming arches or rows of bells along the under side, and thus giving to the whole plant a beautiful appearance. Two of the three species, H. diptera and H. parviflora, are natives of the Gulf States and Georgia. The remaining and best-known species, H. tetraptera, extends as far north as West Virginia and southern Illinois, doing well in the parks of Washington.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

The birds began nesting in the magnolias and the white-belled halesia-trees.
"Maid Sally" by Harriet A. Cheever
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In news:

Will Halesia diptera grow in this type of soil.
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