Common Name: White Fringetree

  • Habit: Tree
  • Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
  • Water Needs: Average, Dry
  • Height: 15′-30′
  • Flower: White, Apr, May
  • Fruit: Ovoid, dark blue to purple fruit about one inch long
  • Fall Color: Yes
  • Natural Habitat: Upland Deciduous Forest, Woodland Edge, Rocky Outcrops
  • Larval host for: Rustic Sphinx Moth (Manduca rustica)

SKU: chi_vir_000 Category:
Chionanthus virginicus is a dioecious, upright, small tree with a rounded crown of dark green glossy leaves. Often shrublike in appearance with multiple trunks and spreading lower branches. Masses of dainty, bright white flowers with drooping, lacy petals emerge in spring before the leaves are full-sized. Related to the olive, the inch-long blackish fruit that follows the flowers is similarly edible with proper pickling, but also relished by birds. Leaves turn from dark green to yellow in fall.

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