Chionanthus pygmaeus

Pigmy Fringe Tree


Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Fruits used by birds.


Probably bee pollinated.

Native Habitats:Scrub and scrubby flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Emerald ash borer is a problem in the northeast and if it reaches Florida, it would likely be lethal to this species.

This tree is listed as as Endangered by both the State of Florida and the USFWS.  Make sure you acquire this species from a legitimate native nursery and that all permit requirements are met.