Chionanthus virginicus

white fringe tree


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-20 (30) ft    Width: 8-15 (20) ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, aroma, fragrance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen tree where a small drought-tolerant tree is desired.
Considerations: Flowers and leaves emerge late in the spring and leaves fall early in the fall. When not blooming, it's not outstanding.
Propagation: Stratified seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic


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Said to attract bats. Larval host for rustic sphinx (Manduca rustica), waved sphinx (Ceratomia undulosa), and laurel sphinx (phinx kalmiae).
Native Habitats: moist hammocks, but adaptable to many situations.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: