Chinese fringetree

Chionanthus retusus

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Chinese fringetree (Chionanthus retusus)
Genus:  Chionanthus
This species is grown for its billowy clusters of fragrant white blossoms, which appear in May or June. The erect clusters are more substantial than C. virginicus , and open at the same time as the leaves. Female specimens produce blue-black fruits in autumn.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Chionanthus make sublime specimens in the landscape. There is great variability in the individual form—some are wide and spreading, others form single-stemmed, small trees.
Care:  Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in fall; germination can take 18 months.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Flowering Tree
Style
Shade
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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