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CHINESE FRINGE TREE
Photo Locations: Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, the National Arboretum - Washington, D.C., Bakersfield, CA and San Diego, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Fringe Tree is an unusual small flowering tree with both female and male trees. It is generally most useful in residential lawn and garden settings, where proper culture can be maintained. Its spring flowering is quite impressive, and is attractive in fall, with the reddish berries seen amongst the yellow fall foliage. It is a very clean looking tree. It is easily maintained below 25' in height.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to China, Korea, and Japan.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 10 - 20 feet.
Width: 6 - 12 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Medium to Light Green, Gold, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Summer. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Purple or Mostly Blue Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter.
Bark Dark Brown, Dark Gray, Light Gray or Light Green, Furrowed, Ridged or Striated.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 3 - 9 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay or Loam Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Chionanthus retusus Tree Record." 1995-2020. Feb 27, 2020.
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