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White Fringe Tree
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Stunning Native Tree Grows From Canada to Deep South 

Many times a gorgeous native plant gets overlooked for a non-native that gets more press. White Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus, var. maritimus) is one of those plants. Native to America these beauties are perfect for spots where you might want to plant a Japanese maple (or where your current Japanese maple is suffering).

The Fringe Tree grows to 20 feet high in full sun or part shade. It can be trained as single trunked or multi-stemmed, too. This is often the last tree to leaf out in the spring, but when it does it simultaneously covers itself in white spring blooms, and these abundant blooms are impressive! They give the whole tree an appearance of being laced with elaborate white fringe, which is where it gets its name. 

The 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.

The White Fringe Tree is a deciduous tree, so it drops its leaves in late autumn, but not until they’ve turned a golden-yellow.

This is a great non-fussy tree. Plant it in small groups of three or four along a woodland border, a driveway or by a pond. They make great seasonal hedges and yard dividers and excel as specimen trees in your borders. Order your today!

* Gorgeous native tree
* Show-stopping spring flowers
* Japanese Maple alternative


Plant Facts

Family Chionanthus virginicus var. maritimus
Foliage Green
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 4-9
Moisture Moist, Well Drained
Mature Form Upright, Oval Open
Growth Rate Slow
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Shade
Flower Color White
Fall Color Yellow

White Fringe Tree.

Rating: 4.4/5 based on 6 review(s)
  • Starting at: $54.95 - In stock

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Be careful not to sniff a honey bee into your nose while enjoying the fantastic scent of this tree! Review by TheEggplant
Wonderful scent, fluffy white fringes blowing in the breeze, make sure you get two of the same breed. I have 2 breeds-one that grows straight up and one is round like a bush. They both are hardy, have fringe and fruit. Only 4 stars because they took 2 years to get started, and 3 to really take off. They are my favorite trees.
Flower colors Review by White flowers
I have a white fringe tree and a tree lilac. I think I prefer the white fringe tree because of the fruit for the birds.
Superb Tree Review by Tree Lover
I have the white fringe tree as a hedge row. More people should consider this tree when planting.
Fringe Tree grower Review by Sue
I came across a selection of Fringe Trees at a greenhouse in Green Bay, WI. One was loaded with nearly ripe fruit. I asked a lot of questions aobut the trees because they were new to me. I planted them in a semi-shady spot in our tough clay soil. The following summer, there were no blooms and consequently, no fruit. In their second summer, I counted 6 fruits on one of the trees, so I'm hoping for many more this summer. They are slow to grow, and I put fencing around them over winter to protect them from being snacked on by rabbits. This spring, they're looking very well.
White Fringe tree Review by gb
Planted this tree 2 wks ago, and 1-3 in. growth noted . It is in bloom already, and is beautiful!!! and interesting!

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