White Fringe Tree
Fragrant, Ornamental Tree
Sometimes called Grancy Graybeard or Old Man’s Beard, a reference to the airy, drooping clusters of fringy vanilla flowers that appear each spring.
This is a delightful maintenance-free shrub or small tree with an elegant, spreading-but-rounded habit. The spectacular, pleasantly-fragrant flowers give over to clusters of olive-like fruits which ripen to a dark navy blue in late summer, an event eagerly anticipated by local birds and wildlife.
It’s a deciduous tree/shrub; the broad, long spear-shaped leaves turn yellow in autumn. White Fringetrees are easily grown in average, moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade; they are, however, not at all happy with city air pollution and prolonged dry spells.
Plant Fringe trees in small sprays of three or four along woodland borders, or near streams or ponds; they also work well as a hedge, divider or as specimens.
* White flowers
* Wildlife Tree
|Family||Chionanthus virginicus var. maritimus|
|Mature Height||15 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||10 - 15 feet|
|Moisture||Moist, Well Drained|
|Mature Form||Upright, Oval Open|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun - Full Shade|