Fringetree

Chionanthus virginicus

Upright, small tree with a rounded crown with opposite, ovate deciduous leaves.  Often takes on a shrub-like habit with multiple trunks. Dainty bright white flowers with drooping, lacy petals emerge in spring, and are followed by a small dark blue to purplish, fleshy fruit. Leaves turn from dark green to yellow in fall. Related to the olive, the inch long blackish fruit is edible and can be pickled in the same manner as olives.

Scientific Name: Chionanthus virginicus
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: April, May
Butterfly Host: Rustic Sphinx Moth (Manduca rustica)
Container Size: 3/4 gallon
Cultural Uses: Tincture of the dried root bark has been used to treat inflammation, fever, headache and rheumatism.
Fall Foliage: Yes
Fruit: Ovoid dark blue to purple fruit about on inch long
Habit: Tree
Height: 15-30', 30'+
Light Needs: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
Square Feet Used: 30
Type Of Garden Ecotone: Border Woodland, Partial Shade, Shade, Sun
Water Needs: Moist

Price: $15.00

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