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USDA Organic Audubon® White Fringetree
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White Fringe Tree is one of those “best kept secrets”—and if the secret gets out, everyone will want one! In spring, this small, multi-stemmed ornamental tree will grace your garden with fluffy clouds of unflowerlike flowers that look like thin white ribbons. The blossoms will perfume your porch or patio with a wonderful scent that’s soapy-sweet but never overpowering. In late summer, female trees bear grape-like blue berries that are relished by birds. (Fringe Trees are grown from seed, so there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get a girl.) Happy in sun or shade, moist soil or dry, this adaptable American native could be the answer for any part of your yard needing a little zing.
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of USDA Organic Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
Tread lightly, shrink your footprint, and let yourself grow with USDA Certified Organic Trees. Organic farming has sprung up drastically in importance and influence, spreading worldwide the philosophy of deeply rooting nature in harmony and enriching the soil we stand upon. Benefitting the gardner, enhancing biodiversity, preserving nature's wildlife, and a true direction to protecting our environment. Choosing organic trees on your property, whether they are fruit, nut, ornamental, or shade trees, begins with their soil and cultivates change taking root in your backyard. Take one BIG TREE step for your garden, and one giant leap towards a greener world.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish scientist who got the honor of naming most of the plants we still grow today (it was his system, after all), gave this tree the poetic name Chionanthus (Ki-o-NAN-thus)—Chion meaning “snow” and anthus meaning “flower.” The species name he gave it was virginicus, as it is native to Virginia and several other states in the Southeast. Jefferson grew it at Monticello. Its slow growth has made White Fringetree an uncommon tree in the landscape. Be the first on the block to grow this fine native!
Who said fringe is out of style? Not us! Well, on a tree anyway...the spreading open habit of this gorgeous tree is perfect for a specimen plant. Green leaves emerge in spring, followed by an abundance of fragrant, lacy white flowers. Yellow foliage graces the branches in fall - quite a seasonal display!
What does it mean to be USDA Organically grown?
- USDA Organic crops are grown exclusively on land that has gone without having non-USDA Organic approved substances applied for three years.
- No pesticides for us, please! Organically grown crops are highly regulated on what can and cannot be used for pest control—worried about harsh chemicals that have been sprayed on your plant? There is only a small number of approved synthetic chemicals that are allowed to be used. Otherwise, farmers use strict biological, mechanical, and physical management practices.
- Not just any type of seeds are used to grow and harvest organic plants: farmers can only use organic seeds or organically raised seedlings in their organic fields.
- Only the best handling is allowed! Organic and non-organic crops are not allowed to be commingled or near each other. Cross-contamination can occur, botching the organic plant's purity due to non-organic substances that could have been sprayed on non-organic harvests; this would cause the organic plant to be considered compromised.
- Fields are carefully cultivated through crop rotation and proper tillage practices to ensure that the soil and the soil's nutrients are kept at a happy balance. Animal manure, not sludge, is allowed to help infuse the soil with nitrogen to support the growth of the organic crops.
How to Grow
The White Fringetree is actually a member of the Lilac family – which would explain the heavenly fragrance of those flowers! White Fringetree is slow growing, and considered to be a relatively small tree, growing to about 20 feet tall. They enjoy full sun and long walks on the beach. White Fringetrees are tolerant of wet soil conditions and are free of pests as well. Applying a medium rate fertilizer to your young tree will be beneficial. Once a year in the fall apply your fertilizer, this will supply your White Fringetree with essential nutrients needed to produce lush new growth and blooms for the following growing season. This should only be done for the first 3 or 4 years. The task of pruning your White Fringetree is almost non-existent.
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