Large multi-stemmed shrub that can grow to become a small tree. Sometimes cultivated as a standard tree. Old trunks can sometimes flake off. The branches grow outwards in the width while older branches bend. Can grow to be as wide as it is tall. The green leaves turn bright yellow in the autumn. The pendulous, bell-shaped flowers resemble snowdrops. They are approx. 1.5 cm in diameter and occur in axillary bundles. They appear in particularly large numbers in the spring at the same time as the new leaves. The oval fruit has 2 to 4 longitudinal wings and hangs on thin stalks. The fruit turns brown after ripening and remains hanging on the tree for a long time. The roots go down deep and are very hard. Halesia much prefers a humus-rich, lightly humid soil. It also grows well in acid soils.
Halesia carolina can grow from large shrub to a tree of medium height.