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Chionanthus virginicus

Native Plants

Fringe Tree

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The sweetly scented and cascading white flower panicles of fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) offer a stunning contrast to the quiet green of its emerging spring leaves. The change of seasons brings golden yellow foliage that extend  fringe tree’s garden interest into autumn. This multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree can be planted alone or as a conversation piece. It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions from moist to dry in partial shade to full sun as long as soils are neutral to acidic. Fringe tree is an excellent companion to Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica), Allegheny pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens), scentless mock-orange (Philadelphus inodorus), American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), northern leatherflower (Clematis viorna), showy skullcap (Scutellaria serrata), pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides) and Small’s beardtongue (Penstemon smallii). Zones 3-9.

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  • Plant Type
    shrub, tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, dry-to-moist, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Other Common Names
    old man’s beard 
  • Fruit/Seed Color

Additional Information

USDA Plants Database, Floridata