Genus: Fringe tree

Chionanthus

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Fringe tree (Chionanthus)
kee-oh-NAN-thuss
Oleaceae
The trees and shrubs in the genus Chionanthus  are unrivaled in beauty for their pendulous and diaphanous clusters of delicate white blossoms, which appear in May or June. Female specimens produce blue-black fruits in autumn.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Chionanthus make sublime specimens in the landscape.  The leaves are late to emerge in the spring; some flower before leafing out. There is great variability in the individual forms, some are wide and spreading, others form single-stemmed, small trees. Some species are native to North America.
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.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Chionanthus

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Chinese fringetree
Chionanthus retusus
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White fringetree
Chionanthus virginicus