Chionanthus virginicus

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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White Fringe Tree


Plant Specifics

Size:10-20 (30) ft tall by 8-15 (20) ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Blue-black
Phenology:Deciduous. Flowers and leaves emerge late in the spring and leaves fall early in the fall. Fruits ripe by fall.. Lifespan >50 yrs (Nelson).
Habitats:Moist hammocks, but adaptable to many situations.


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree where a small drought-tolerant tree is desired.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Fruits are eaten by birds and small mammals.  

 Larval host for rustic sphinx (Manduca rustica), waved sphinx (Ceratomia undulosa), and laurel sphinx (Sphinx kalmiae).