Chinese Fringe Tree

Chionanthus retusus

Item 2416


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USDA Zone:
Key feature:
  • Light Needs
    Full sun to Partial sun
  • Watering Needs
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

A highly prized small tree with upright branches forming a dome shape. Soft green leaves back magnificent clusters of fragrant, fringe-like blooms. A terrific accent for small yards. Deciduous.

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Average Size at Maturity
Slow growing to 15 to 20 ft. high, 20 to 25 ft. wide.
Flowering Season
Botanical Name: Chionanthus retusus
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Slow
Special Feature: Attracts Birds, Easy Care, Fall Color, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Attribute: Showy Flowers ,   Fragrant
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: White
Garden Style: Tropical ,   Cottage ,   Asian/Zen
Design Ideas: This outstanding small tree will provide perfect interest for spatially challenged front yards. Wider than tall, it will also work well as filtered shade in outdoor living spaces that can afford to be overwhelmed by large trees. Set far back in the landscape against dark evergreen trees for a gorgeous bloom spectacle in sharp contrast. Show white blossoms become luminescent in the moonlight. Also works nicely as an accent tree surrounded by high profile perennials in the lawn.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering may be reduced once established, but avoid prolonged drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.


In China, the young leaves of this tree are used as a substitute for tea and some are considered equal in fragrance to some of the best green teas.

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