Chionanthus virginicus – Fringetree


A very unique small tree with wispy white flowers that show off brilliantly against the large, glossy green, tropical-looking foliage. The foliage remains attractive through the summer then turns bright yellow in the fall. Male trees have somewhat larger flowers while females produce blue olive-like fruits that are very showy in the fall and are also valued by birds. Often grows as a multistemmed large shrub but can be pruned to keep it tree-like.

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Olive family, Oleaceae

Photo of flowers, close-up by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Updated 17 October 2022

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Pot size

3-Gallon, 7-Gallon