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Cultural Details for Chionanthus virginicus

Common Name:
White Fringetree, Old-man's-beard

Growth Rate:
Slow (4-6" per year).

Average Mature Height:
12-20' under cultivation; 25-30' in the wild

Average Mature Width:
12-20' under cultivation; 25-30' in the wild

Flower Details:
Clustered in 6-8" long panicles May to early June. Dioecious or polygamo-dioecious, white, slightly fragrant. Each of the 4 petals are 0.06-0.08" wide and 0.75-1.25" long.

Fruit Details:
Dark blue, fleshy, egg-shapped drupe 0.33-0.66" long August to September

Fall Color:
Usually yellowish green-brown, but can also be bright to golden yellow.

Bark Details:
Gray, smooth on young branches; slightly riged-and-furrowed on older branches.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Southeast US, but can be found in a variety of habitats as far north as Maine and Minnesota.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Transplant in spring, prefers deep, moist, fertile, acid soils but is extremely adaptable; full sun to partial shade.

This plant was blooming:
5/10/2010 - 5/17/2010
5/20/2005 - 5/27/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.