White fringetree

Chionanthus virginicus

Photo/Illustration: 
Stephanie Fagan
Photo/Illustration: 
Stephanie Fagan
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White fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)
kee-oh-NAN-thuss ver-JIN-ih-kus
Genus:  Chionanthus
This North American native is unrivaled in beauty for its pendulous and diaphanous clusters of fragrant white blossoms, which appear in May or June. The individual blossoms are made up of four petals that dangle from threadlike stems in great silken clusters. The leaves are late to emerge in the spring, and this species flowers before leafing out. Female specimens produce blue-black fruits in autumn.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Chionanthus makes a sublime specimen in the landscape. There is great variability in the individual forms; 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:  Usually trouble-free.

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,
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Flowering Tree,
Naturalizing,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Shade
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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