Chionanthus virginicus
Grancy Graybeard

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
DESCRIPTION
Grancy Graybeard
Chionanthus virginicus

A carefree native, this small tree puts on a heck of a show in late spring with thousands of pendulous, delicately fragrant white flowers covering the tree before the leaves emerge. At the end of bloom season, the green leaf tips accent the snowy blooms for an impressive finale. It's no wonder the Fringetree has been a garden favorite and heritage plant for generations!

The Grancy Graybeard is dioecious, meaning that there are male and female trees. The males are typically showier in bloom due to their longer petals, however, it is the female plants that are bedecked with dark blue fruit in late summer. Birds relish the fleshy fruit and will find it easily, even though the foliage sometimes hides it from view. The best way enjoy the graybeard is to have at least one of each, and to be certain you get a male and female, purchase them in late summer or early fall when fruit will be present on the female plants.


BENEFITS
A small graceful tree with fragrant flowers
Flowers attract butterflies
Fruits are eaten by a wide variety of birds and mammals
Including: wild turkeys, mockingbirds, blue jays, pileated woodpeckers and cardinals
Host plant for the Rustic sphinx
Selected as a Plant of Merit by the Missouri Botanical Garden
Host plant for the Rustic sphinx
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Chionanthus is found in rich, moist woods and hillsides, moist stream banks, limestone glade margins and rocky bluffs and ledges

Distribution Maps by State and County

Interesting Facts

Chionanthus is Greek, meaning Snow Flower.

GROWING TIPS

Fringetree is easily grown in average to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It prefers moist, fertile soils, but tolerates a wide variety, including the red clay of the south. Chionanthus virginicus seldom needs pruning, but benefits from some branch thinning if an open habit is desired. Tolerant of air pollution, it adapts well to urban settings.

Mature Size: 12-18ft. Wide x 12-20ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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