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Fringe Tree, Flowering Ash, Old Man's Beard, Snowflower Tree, Grandfather Graybeard
Chionanthus virginicus


Fringe tree is a small understory tree that prefers dappled shade and acid soils. It grows in moist woods and along stream banks, and in the well-drained but richer upland sand and sandy loams of east Texas. It has 5 to 10 inch long panicles of delicate white flowers, which have strap-shaped petals that are 2 inches long and are wonderfully fragrant. Fringe tree is almost evergreen where it occurs in the south, but farther north it is deciduous.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: dark blue to purple drupe

Height: 25 to 30 ft.

Width: 15 to 20 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: low

Water Requirements: medium

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 6

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