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 CharacteristicsChionanthus 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.
CareGrow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.
PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in fall; germination can take 18 months.
- Genus : Chionanthus
- Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
- Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
- Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Fruit
- Light : Full Sun
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Uses : Shade
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Flower Color : White