Chionanthus virginicus

White Fringetree

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The white fringe tree is a lesser-known and little-grown flowering tree that reaches a mature height of 15 to 20 feet. It is a very handsome specimen plant. In late May or early June, fragrant flowers cover the entire plant just as the leaves are expanding. In September, interesting navy-blue fruits on female plants attract birds. Until it begins to flower, the fringe tree appears lifeless, worrying many a homeowner. When it finally comes to life, it is covered with showy plumes of narrow-petaled white flowers. It is an outstanding late spring flowering tree.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Shade Tree, Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 9