Chionanthus retusus

Chinese fringe tree

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  • © Richie Steffen - Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

The Chinese fringe tree is a reliable and easy to grow small tree that is covered with clusters of fringed white flowers in early summer. It has a lovely rounded habit and as it matures it will develop beautiful, deeply furrowed trunks. There are male and female forms; the males flower more heavily than the females but the females produce attractive clusters of black blushed blue berries in late summer. It is an excellent choice for the small garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: white, bronze, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green

Culture Notes
Chinese fringe tree grows best in rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand or clay. Plant it in full sun for the most plentiful flowers. The Chinese fringe tree is drought tolerant once established.