At Nature Hills, we aren't sure why this gorgeous native tree isn't better known. White Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus, var. maritimus) is a knock-out ornamental in an early spring garden. Fragrant white flowers featuring exquisite, fine-textured ribbon-like petals simply cover this small tree.
It might look delicate, but trust us, this native tree is adaptable over a wide range of growing hardiness zones. This is a great, non-fussy tree. They'll even tolerate air pollution, and so make a good urban tree.
Be patient with it, as it's often the last tree to leaf out in the spring. Trust us, it's worth the wait because when it does leaf out, it simultaneously covers itself with these unusual white spring blooms.
They give the whole tree an appearance of being laced with elaborate white fringe, which is where it gets its name. You might hear some other common names, such as "Grancy Graybeard" or "Man Beard" tree.
This tree is actually related to the Olive family. The White Fringe Tree comes in both male and female plants. The pleasantly-fragrant flowers give over to clusters of small, olive-like fruits which are less than an inch long. They'll ripen to a dark navy blue in late summer. Only the female flowers produce fruit drupes.
The ripening fruit is an event eagerly anticipated by local birds and wildlife. You might want to set a reminder to watch for them to develop. If you don't, they'll be eaten that quickly and you'll miss the show.
Even the long, medium to dark green ovoid leaves are pretty. Because it's a deciduous tree, it will drop the wide, spear-shaped leaves in late autumn, but not until they've turned a golden-yellow. This tree makes an impact in your yard.
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White Fringe Tree has a soft, sweet, open branching structure. You'll want to give this tree a special spot in the landscape.
Plant it in small groups of three or four along a woodland border. They can be placed along a driveway, or near a pond.
These can also be spectacular used as a backdrop to a shrub border. If you allow their lower branches to grow, they'll make great screening plants by early summer.
They'll work under utility wires and are also great for use as a specimen in a lawn.
Plant in full sun for best flowering. It may appreciate a bit of afternoon shade in the warmest zones.
They are very well adapted to sandy soils and acidic soils. However, they will tolerate a wide range of well-drained soils.
Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Please pay close attention to watering while the plant is getting established in your landscape after planting.
Prune after flowering is done to correct shape or remove crossing branches. Open the canopy to sunlight and air circulation as needed.
This is a plant you can feel good about. The fragrant, showy flowers simply shouldn't be missed. Order White Fringe Tree from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!
This is an interesting native tree that is well worth considering.
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Chionanthus virginicus var. maritimus|
|Mature Height||15 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||10 - 15 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade|