Thoughts on White fringe tree – Chionanthus virginicus
I am replacing a serviceberry that has not thrived since it was planted 5 years ago. I believe it succumbs to cedar apple rust every year. It never really had a good year to build up reserves/resiliency. The tree is quite close to my house (8 ft away), so I need a small tree to replace it. I was thinking of a White fringe tree – Chionanthus virginicus. Has anyone grown this tree? Thoughts? My only criteria is that it has to be small (because it is close to the house) and native to the area.