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Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)

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Description

Type: Deciduous tree or shrub

Family: Oleaceae

Height:12-20 feet

Spread: 12-20 feet

Native Range: Eastern US, southern Missouri

Ideal Site Requirements:

Soil: moist fertile well-drained

Water: medium

Sunlight needs: full sun to part shade 

Tolerates: clay soil, air pollution

Landscape use: Flowering tree, specimen tree in lawn or in shrub border

Brief Description: Small tree with spreading rounded habit, fragrant flowers on dioecious plants with male flowers being showier but perfect flowers may be found on both male and female plants.

Wildlife Benefits: Fruits are a food source for birds.

Possible Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to scale and borers (particularly when grown in dry locations).

Stand out Features: Easily grown, seldom needs pruning, adapts well to urban settings.

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