Habit and Form
'Arnold Pink' - This form features 0.75" long, rose-pink flowers that fade to very light pink. It was introduced by the Arnold Arboretum and is probably a H. tetraptera ssp. monticola cultivar.
'Meehanii' - This unusual form is shrub-like and grows to only 12' tall. The numerous white flowers are smaller than the species and the leaves are coarser and more wrinkled. It is not common in the trade
ssp. monticola (also listed as H. monticola) - A larger, more tree-like form found at elevations of 3000' or more in the southeast, this plant is considered by some to be a separate species. The form is unique, as the plant can grow to 80' tall with one or several main trunks and a conical, bushy crown. The leaves and flowers are larger and coarser than typical H. tetraptera. Most pink-flowered Halesia forms seem to be derived from ssp. monticola. This tree-like form appears to be less tolerant of heat than H. tetraptera.
var. rosea - Increasingly common in the trade, plants offered under this name bear flowers ranging from light rose to very light pink. These pink types may emerge a respectable pink, but usually fade to nearly white as the blooms age. True deep pink-flowered forms, although mentioned in the literature, do not appear available in the trade.
'Silver Splash' and 'Variegata' - These two selections have green leaves streaked and splashed with white or yellow. The former selection arose as a sport at the Tyler Arboretum. Many different clones are included under the umbrella of 'Variegata'.
'UConn Wedding Bells' (also listed as 'Wedding Bells') - A smaller form with a rounded habit reaching 20' tall, this shrubby plant is superior for its more numerous white flowers which are larger than the species and open more fully. The leaves are also somewhat shiny. It was discovered by Dr. Mark Brand in Ohio and introduced through the University of Connecticut.
var. vestita - This is a form of ssp. monticola with pubescent leaves that are more rounded at the base. In maturity the plant maintains a central leader.