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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 20 feet
Plant Spread: 15 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

Common names
  • Chinese Fringe Tree
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Chionanthus retusus
  • Synonym: Chionanthus retusus var. serrulatus

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  • Posted by MISSINGROSIE (HILLSBOROUGH, NC - Zone 7b) on Apr 16, 2016 1:59 PM concerning plant:
    Called Old Man's Beard in the piedmont of NC, the highly fragrant and fleecy spring blooms start off a pale green and change to pure white over the course of a week. Very graceful appearance. Some winter dieback each year in zone 7b. Limbs moderately brittle. Fragrance wafts for great distances. Blooms are short lived. Transplants well when young.
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