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Chionanthus virginicus


Chionanthus virginicus, known as the fringe tree, is a unique shrub or small tree with unique fragrant white flowers.

The fragrant white flowers of this unique shrub or small tree, Chionanthus virginicus, have long, narrow, white petals borne in clusters of hundreds in spring. The flowers produce an amazing floral effect as if the branches were filled with thousands of airy feathers. Blue-black fruits follow. The spreading branches of fringe tree unfurl the shiny deep green elliptical leaves during flowering. A wonderful specimen for a shrub border or small garden. Quite hardy to zone 3! For the 2024 Rare Flowering Tree Pre-Order plants will be in 15cm pots and about 1-2 feet tall.

Common Name: Fringe Tree - [RFT Pre-Order]

Family: Oleaceae (The Olive Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 6-10'

Width: 5-8'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Deciduous

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Rich moist soils by the edges of streams and in damp woods and scrub.

Award: GPP

Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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