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Chionanthus virginicus

White Fringetree

  • »  Easy to grow
  • »  Native
  • »  Green, spear-like leaves
  • »  White fringelike blooms May and June
  • »  Attracts birds
  • »  Attracts butterflies
  • »  Beautiful fall foliage
  • »  Lightly fragrant
  • »  Great specimen or border plant

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This easy to grow and widely underused American Beauties selection is the perfect combination of beauty, utility, and wildlife attractiveness. Long, wide, deep green spear-like leaves cover this multi-stemmed small tree and serve as a perfect backdrop for 4-6 drooping strings of white fringe-like petals from mid-May to mid-June. In late summer, bunches of dark, bluish-black fruit appear, providing prized food for local birds and other garden critters. Even with its attractive fruit and flowers, Fringetree may save its best show for last with a bright yellow fall foliage display that is as bright as it is beautiful. Use Fringetree in your landscape in any sunny location that calls for a small specimen or it can even be grouped along the border to form a unique hedge or windbreak that will enhance your landscape with its ability to house many colorful local birds. 

Border or Bed
Fall Color
Foliage Color
Maintenance and Care
Drought Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Mass Planting
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Early Summer
Summer Bloomer
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Moist, Well-Drained
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Chionanthus virginicus

Does best in sunny locations. This outstanding native selection is a wide spreading, multi-stemmed, large deciduous shrub or small tree. It bursts into color in the spring featuring abundant, lightly fragrant fringed flowers are held in 6-8", soft clusters.