An Asian native commonly known as a Chinese fringetree; with the native U.S. species (C. virginicus), is noted for its profuse spring bloom of mildly fragrant white or flowers. Clusters (about 4” long) of pure white “fringe” like petals flower in late spring to early summer.  Plants are primarily dioecious, meaning there are male and female plants. Male flowers are a little more showy than female flowered plants. If a female plant is pollinized, they will have clusters of dark blue to black olive-like fruits (each to 1/2” long) that ripen in late summer/fall. Fringe trees are most often seen as a large, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub growing from 10-20’ tall with a broad, round form. It also may be grown as a small tree. Leaves are bright green on top and whitish green with a downy feel below. Leaves on young plants have serrated margins. Fall color is yellow to orange; and their bark is an attractive rough gray-brown so there is always interest in the winter.

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