Chionanthus virginicus – Fringe Tree
With one of the most elaborate displays of spring, Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginicus, has to be at the top of the list of showiest Missouri native plants. In mid-spring to early summer fragrant clusters of 4-6″ long pearl-white flowers adorn its beautiful round form. While male trees have showier fringy flowers, female trees produce large clusters of olive-like fruits which ripen to hues of blue and black. These fruits provide delicious meals for birds and wildlife. Another outstanding attribute, both male and female trees turn golden yellow in autumn.
An easy to care for tree, use Fringe Tree as a specimen, large hedge, and in Missouri native plantings. Its great ornamental value makes it a top choice for formal areas, in front of the house, or anywhere you want a memorable display.
Plant in full sun to part shade. Fringe Tree easily grows in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil. Keep well watered when plants are establishing, when trees are setting up buds and blooming, and during dry spells.
Missouri Native Plant
3 gallon pot, plant sex not determined