Chinese Fringe Tree

Chionanthus retusus

SKU
2416
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A highly prized small tree with upright branches forming a dome shape. Soft green leaves back magnificent clusters of fragrant, fringe-like blooms. A terrific accent for small yards. Deciduous.
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Botanical Pronunciationki-o-NAN-thus re-TU-sus
LoreIn China, the young leaves of this tree are used as a substitute for tea and some are considered equal in fragrance to some of the best green teas.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing to 15 to 20 ft. high, 20 to 25 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis outstanding small tree will provide perfect interest for spatially challenged front yards. Wider than tall, it will also work well as filtered shade in outdoor living spaces that can afford to be overwhelmed by large trees. Set far back in the landscape against dark evergreen trees for a gorgeous bloom spectacle in sharp contrast. Show white blossoms become luminescent in the moonlight. Also works nicely as an accent tree surrounded by high profile perennials in the lawn.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Tropical
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Specimen, Water Garden, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureSpring Flowers

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering may be reduced once established, but avoid prolonged drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

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