Shade and Ornamental Trees: Chionanthus (White Fringe Tree)

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Chionanthus retusus 'Tokyo Tower'

The Chinese Fringe tree, is noted for its profusion of white flowers during its spring bloom. It has a narrow upright vase shape with deep green foliage during the spring and summer months.

Chionanthus virginicus

White Fringe Tree or Old-man's-beard is a very attractive shrub (or small tree). Blooms on previous year's growth, abundantly and at an early age. Slightly fragrant flowers are white, strap-like, 4-5 petals and borne in 15-20cm long, fleecy panicles. When the tree is in bloom it's wrapped up in a continuous "fraying fringe"! Foliage colour can vary in intensity and will turn yellow in fall. Small egg-shaped drupes (1.3-1.7cm or 1/2 to 2/3" long) in late-summer are mostly hidden by the foliage.