Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Fringetree

Chionanthus virginicus
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Glade
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: White
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Birds, Food/Small Animals
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

8 to
10
feet

Spread:

5 to
8
feet
Size
Height: 8 to
10
feet
Spread: 5 to
8
feet
Size
Height: 8 to
10
feet
Spread: 5 to
8
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Beautiful as a specimen shrub or in groups. Background plant in borders or native plant gardens or use along streams and ponds.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows best in average, fertile soil but is very adaptable. Does not tolerate dry gravel-based soil but will grow in dry clay soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Shimmering, white frothy flowers blanket this shrub/small tree in May or June. Small, round, bluish olive-like fruit form on female trees in fall and are eaten by many types of birds. Leaves often turn bright yellow in fall. This beauty is a Plants of Merit winner.

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