Chionanthus Virginicus Shrub Tree 10 Seeds, Cold Hardy Fragrant Fringe, Grancy Greybeard

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Chionanthus Virginicus
Also known as: White Fringe tree, Grancy Greybeard

This beautiful tree is native to the eastern United States, from New Jersey south to Florida, and west to Oklahoma and Texas. A carefree native, this small tree puts on a heck of a show in late spring with thousands of pendulous, delicately fragrant white flowers covering the tree before the leaves emerge. The flowers will perfume your garden. At the end of bloom season, the green leaf tips accent the snowy blooms for an impressive finale. It's no wonder the Fringe tree has been a garden favorite and heritage plant for generations!

It is dioecious, meaning that there are male and female trees. The males are typically showier in bloom due to their longer petals, however, it is the female plants that are bedecked with dark blue fruit in late summer. Birds relish the fleshy fruit and will find it easily, even though the foliage sometimes hides it from view. It attracts butterflies, wild turkeys, mockingbirds, blue jays, woodpeckers and cardinals.

Fringe tree is easily grown in average to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It prefers moist, fertile soils, but tolerates a wide variety, including the red clay of the south. It seldom needs pruning, but benefits from some branch thinning if an open habit is desired. Tolerant of air pollution, it adapts well to urban settings. At maturity it will be around 12-20' tall and wide. It can have several trunks, making the shape variable depending on the way they grow. It usually forms an open shrub, but you can train it to have just one trunk and live as a small tree if desired.
USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9, so for those of you in colder regions....ENJOY!
It is in the Oleaceae (Olive) family.

This offer is 10 seeds!