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Chionanthus retusus (Chinese Fringe Tree)

Chinese Fringe Tree, Chinese Fringetree


Extremely easy to grow, Chionanthus retusus (Chinese Fringe Tree) is a deciduous shrub or small tree which is spectacular in full bloom. In late spring or early summer, it is literally covered with delicate clouds of slightly fragrant, pure white flowers with fringe-like petals. As the blooms fade, the petals drop like snow on the ground. Enjoying a rounded, wide-spreading habit, Chinese Fringe Tree is dioecious (separate male and female plants). While the male flowers bear slightly longer petals and are showier, the female flowers give way to lovely clusters of dark blue fruit in late summer and are a food source for birds and wildlife. The foliage of lustrous, leathery, bright green leaves, 3-8 in. long (7-20 cm), turns golden-yellow in fall. The exfoliating gray-brown bark becomes ridged and furrowed with age, providing winter interest. Native to Asia, this breathtaking plant is tolerant of air pollution and adapts well to urban settings.

  • Grows up to 10-20 ft. tall and wide (3-6 m).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, fertile, slightly acidic, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect as specimen plant or in mixed borders.
  • Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for mites, scale, borers, leaf spots, canker and powdery mildew.
  • Native to China, Korea and Japan.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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