The “Snow White” of the arboreal realm, the White Fringetree is an enchanting ornamental tree prized for its shimmering clusters of drooping spring flowers and its bark’s medicinal properties.
What distinguishes the lovely White Fringetree?
A history of being useful, especially for medicinal purposes: the crushed bark and dried roots of this tree were used by Native Americans as a remedy for skin inflammations, sores, and wounds.
Lush spear-shaped green leaves that darken to autumnal brown and bronze.
Fragrant white spring blossoms.
Rough ridged bark.
Resilience to colder temperatures.
Keeping up appearances…
The White Fringetree’s shoots are colored light green when they first appear, darkening over time to quieter shades of brown and orange. The tree’s leaves are unusually textured: smooth on their upper sides and downy underneath. In the autumn, the foliage converts into splendid hues of gold-yellow and brown. In May and June, fragrant white blossoms appear, arranged as airy and drooping clusters of delicate fringe-like flowers that, together, appear like a shimmering cloud of heavenly gold-green and white that is held in place by the tree branches. This handsome species is characterized by a ridged bark, usually a light gray-brown tinged with red. Its timber is heavy, hard, and close-grained.
A friendly recommendation.
Favoring full sun to partial shade, the White Fringetree thrives in fertile, medium well-drained soils and has a 3-9 hardiness zone rating. Though native to the southeastern portion of the nation, this species is resilient to colder temperatures and is a popular choice of gardeners, who often cultivate it to grow with multiple trunks. The White Fringetree can reach heights of 12-20 ft., categorizing it as a tall shrub or small tree, and it has a respective 12-20 ft. span with an oval and diffusing structure.
Awesome tree trivia!
- Native to the southeastern United States’ lowlands and savannas, the gorgeous White Fringetree can be found all the way from New Jersey to Oklahoma, and from Florida to Texas.
- It is among 25 existing genera of the Oleaceae family, sharing a classification with the olive, ash, jasmine, and forsythia.
- Its binomial name, Chionanthus Virginicus, pays tribute to this deciduous plant’s brilliant white flowers, since Chionanthus in Greek literally means “snow-white blossom.”
- In the Appalachians, the White Fringetree is also hailed as “Grancy Gray Beard” and “Old Man’s Beard.”
This Tree's Zone: 3 to 9
Your Growing Zone:
|Fall Foliage||Bright yellow|
|Bloom Time||May to June|
|Shape||Oval and spreading|
|Sun||Full sun to part shade|
|Size||12 to 20 feet|
|Spread||12 to 20 feet|