Chinese Fringetree

Chionanthus retusus


Member Price: $49.95

Chinese Fringetree
Chinese Fringetree
Chinese Fringetree

Chinese Fringetree

Chionanthus retusus

Price: $54.95

Member Price: $49.95

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The Chinese Fringetree (Chionanthus retusus) is a small, deciduous ornamental tree cherished for its showy flowers, attractive foliage, and vibrant fruit. This versatile tree is ideal for small gardens, as a specimen plant, or even as an understory planting beneath larger trees.

The Overall Plant

The Chinese Fringetree is a slow-growing tree that typically reaches a height of 15-20 feet, with a similar spread. It is suitable for USDA hardiness zones 5-9, making it adaptable to various climates. The tree has an attractive, rounded canopy with a multi-stemmed or low-branched habit. It thrives in well-drained, fertile soil, and can tolerate full sun to partial shade. The Chinese Fringetree is also relatively low maintenance and resistant to pests and diseases, making it an excellent choice for any garden.

The Flowers

One of the most striking features of the Chinese Fringetree is its flowers. In late spring to early summer, the tree produces an abundance of fragrant, white, fringe-like flowers. These delicate blooms hang in clusters, creating a spectacular, lacy display that can last for several weeks. The flowers attract various pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, adding life and movement to the garden.

The Foliage

The Chinese Fringetree has attractive, dark green, leathery leaves that provide a lovely backdrop to the tree's delicate flowers. In autumn, the foliage turns to an appealing shade of yellow, adding another dimension of color to the garden. The tree's overall structure, with its spreading canopy and picturesque branching pattern, adds architectural interest to the landscape throughout the year.

The Fruit

Following the flowering period, the Chinese Fringetree produces small, dark blue to purple, olive-like fruits. While these fruits are not typically consumed by humans, they serve as an essential food source for various bird species, further enhancing the tree's appeal to wildlife. The fruit also adds a touch of visual interest to the tree during late summer and early fall.

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Every plant comes with our expert planting guide that will cover the specifics to ensure your plant grows absolutely nuts. It also comes with our free 30 day guarantee so if you aren't happy we got you covered.

Why Flora's Market?

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Mature height: 15-20 ft.

Mature width: 15 ft.

Sunlight: Full-Partial Sun

Growth rate: Slow

Growing zones:

Outdoor: 5-9