The Q&A Archives: Scientific Tree Name

Question: A tree grown here in the south is commonly called a Grand Daddy Greybeard by my father. I have seen one grow to be about 10 to 12 feet tall. In the spring the blossoms look like a "white beard". The blossoms cover the tree. I cannot find one in a nusery or know of anyone who knows the scientific name for this tree. Can you help?

Answer: I think the tree's true identity is Chionanthus virginicus, also known as grancey graybeard. It's a shrub-like tree with a short trunk and rounded crown. It has glossy green leaves and showy, fragrant, white blossoms in the spring. You can find complete information on the following website, which is complete with picture to help confirm the identity: Hope this ends your search!

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