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Chionanthus retusus (Chinese fringetree)

Chionanthus retusus Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Chionanthus retusus Common Name: Chinese fringetree 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.
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 Flowering Tree, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Shade
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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