Common Name: 
Silverbell

Only 4-5 species of deciduous shrubs or small trees, branches cylindrical (round in cross section).  Leaves alternate, simple, thin petioles with stellate pubescence.  Flowers in axillary clusters, white, rarely pale rose, pendulous, corolla 4-parted or 4 lobed.  Fruit a dry oblong drupe with 2 or 4 longitudinal wings.  Native to eastern North America and China (1 species).
Halesia: after Stephan H. Hales (1677-1761), English minister-naturalist, author of Vegetable Staticks; he surmised that plants obtain part of their nutrition from the air and that sunlight may play a role in "ennobling the principles of vegetables."

Pronunciation: 
ha-LE-zhi-a
Family: 
Styracaceae