White Fringetree Tree
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White Fringetree Tree
White Fringetree Leaf
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 89
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 91
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 92
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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White Fringetree
Chionanthus virginicus
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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.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Show more ›
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The Story

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!

The Details

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!

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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color White
Flower Time Late Spring
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Time Late Summer
Cary Award Winner Yes
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

5-6' tall low branched tree. Bower & Branch carefully selects low branches to provide for a beautiful multi-stemmed form. Very full, well branched and mature so you can expect flowering your first spring. Grown in our #15 tree container.

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White Fringetree Tree
White Fringetree Leaf
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 89
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 91
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 92
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 494
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 1162
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 1163
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 1164
White Fringetree Additional Product Shot 1165