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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 offer a stunning contrast to the quiet green of its emerging spring leaves. The change of seasons brings golden yellow foliage colors that extend its 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 Spigelia marilandica, Pachysandra procumbens, Philadelphus inodorus, Carpinus caroliniana, Clematis viorna, Scutellaria serrata, Rhododendron periclymenoides and Penstemon smallii.

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  • Plant Type
    shrub, tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Other Common Names
    old man’s beard 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    black, blue, blue-black 

Additional Information

USDA Plants Database, Floridata