Carolina Silverbells. One of our more exquisite small native trees, this species produces a rounded head and is an ideal understory tree. It does not have the deer and insect problems that are ubiquitous with our native dogwood. It produces copious quantities of hanging white 1" flowers in late March to early April here in zone 8. I would expect a 15-20' small tree for all practical purposes, but in the wild one will encounter much larger specimens. Initially they grow off rather well with 1-2' of growth in a season under ideal conditions. Fall color is not intense but it is a pleasing soft yellow. Dirr comments in his Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, "One of my favorite small native trees; often neglected in this country but definitely with a place in shrub and woodland borders; handsome lawn tree..."