• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing to 20 to 25 ft. high, 25 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Attracts Birds
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ki-o-NAN-thus vir-JIN-i-kus
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 6, 15 - 17, 28 - 41
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 20 to 25 ft. high, 25 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasFringe tree is a beautiful accent for foundation planting. Particularly beautiful against red brick or dark timber homes. May be used as a background shrub for beds and borders. Add to native and wild gardens for habitat and seasonal interest. A striking accent in any garden setting.
    Companion PlantsGrow fringe tree with other specatcular southeastern natives such as Yellow Trumpet Vine, (Campsis radicans 'Flava'), Hummingbird Summersweet, (Clethera alnifolia 'Hummingbird'), Glowlight Louisiana Iris, (Iris louisiana 'Glowlight') and Belle Etoile Mock Orange, (Philadelphus x lemoinei 'Belle Etoile').
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Chionanthus is a native shrub found from Virginia south to Florida and west to Texas, inhabiting moist woodlands.
    Lore:
    In its home range this shrub is known as Grancy Graybeard due to its unique foliage and flowers. It's classified in the Oleaceae family.

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