FRINGE TREE - CHIONANTHUS VIRGINICUM

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Common Name: fringe tree, old man's beard

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Family:
Oleaceae
Genus: Chionanthus
Species: virginicum

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 12 to 20 ft
Width: 12 to 20 ft

Description: Native to Missouri, fringe tree grow best in moist, fertile soil and in full sun to part shade. Its spring flowers have fringe-like, white petals that give this tree its name. Fringe tree is a spectacular sight when it is in full bloom, and is commonly used as a decorative species in gardens and near streams or ponds. It is easy to manage, and generally requires little to no pruning. In the wild, it is often found growing on stream banks or in moist forests or hillsides. 

Fringe trees normally display an irregularly rounded crown, supported either by a short single stem or a multi-stemmed trunk. Its 3 to 8 inch elliptic to oblong leaves are a thick, waxy green, and are arranged oppositely on the twig. They do not emerge until late in the spring, and turn a dull yellow color before dropping in the fall. 

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References: 
"Chionanthus virginicum". Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.as...​. Accessed 09 May 2018.