Chionanthus virginicus
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Chionanthus virginicus

Chionanthus virginicus

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Common Name: Fringe Tree
Hardiness Zone: 4-9S/W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: May-Jun
Mature Height: 12-20’ Spacing: 10-15’
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Fragrance: Yes
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Chionanthus virginicus is our native American Fringe Tree, named for the dense clusters of white flowers suspended from each branch. It is an arresting vision of gossamer when it comes into bloom in May. The flowers are fragrant, and as they fade, the glossy green, 8″ leaves emerge. Small, bluish black fruits about ½″ long form on the female flowers. Plants grow faster and bloom more generously in areas with warm summers.

A small genus in the Olive family, Chionanthus consists of nine species found in North America and East Asia (and is just one example of this interesting disjunct pattern of distribution first observed about 150 years ago). Chionanthus virginicus is our sole native species and highly rated as a small shrub for home landscapes. Easily grown in average, well-drained soil. For more information on growing and care, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



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Fantastic ornamental tree

I have 2 of these trees, and am ordering another for my front yard. When they are in bloom, they are beautiful to look at and have a lovely scent. When they are not in bloom, they have a neat growth habit and nothing seems to "chew" on them. Highly recommend this tree to anyone looking for a pure white bloomer.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: kee-oh-nan'-thuss

Outstanding in flower, this native shrub forms a perfect specimen plant but is also excellent for naturalizing at the edge of woodlands or grouped as a shrub border. Long, sweetly fragrant, white flower clusters appear in late spring to early summer.

Light/Watering: Chionanthus does best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Chionanthus prefers acid soil but is quite adaptable and can tolerate any fertile, well-drained soil.

Pests/Diseases: Seldom has problems with pests or diseases.

Companions: Other shrubs such as Azalea and Pieris make fine companion plants.