Carolina silverbell - Halesia
The natural habitat of the Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina) is the southern United States. This large shrub owes its name to its striking flowers, which bloom in April and May before the leaves appear and resemble snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis). In addition to the beautiful flowers, this large shrub, which is somewhat of rarity in European parks and gardens, is often planted for the interesting fruits that last throughout the winter. Because of its similar habitat demands, Halesia combines well with rhododendrons and magnolias.