Chionanthus virginicus, White Fringetree, Old Man’s Beard
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
An appealing addition to the landscape, this native is rare in Pennsylvania and historical in Delaware’s Piedmont, but frequent to common elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Virginia Native Plant Society named White Fringetree as Wildflower of the Year in 1997. Be aware though, it also appeals to deer!
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Tags: Ailanthus altissima – Tree of Heaven, Albizia julibrissin – Mimosa / Silk Tree, Eleagnus angustifolia – Russian Olive, Koelreuteria paniculata – Golden Raintree, Melia azedarach – Chinaberry Tree, Pyrus calleryana – Bradford Pear, USDA Zones 3-9, Use as specimen, in groups or woodland gardens, Attracts bees to flowers; birds and mammals to fruit; larval host to several Sphinx moths, No serious pests or diseases; deer occasionally-tofrequently severely damage (may need protection), Tolerates clay soil, air pollution; dislikes drought, Dioecious: separate male and female plants; plant sex may not be known for purchased plants, White, fragrant, flower clusters from mid-May to early June; male blossoms are bigger in size, Bloom Color: Creamy White, Slow-growing, deciduous small tree/large shrub; usually multi-stemmed, Bluish-black drupes on female plants in late summer; male plant needed nearby for fruit to set