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Fringe Tree Fringe Tree


Mississippi Native: Fringe Tree

(Chionanthus virginicus)

Downloadable Brochure: FRINGE TREE

Other Name/s:

White Fringe Tree, Old Man’s Beard, & Grancy Graybeard


This spreading plant can have multiple trunks, which are pale grey with white bands. Leaves, which are oval-shaped, are yellowish green to dark green in color. These leaves turn completely yellow in the fall. Flowers are a creamy white color (or greenish white color) and suspend in panicles from the branches with female plants having dark blue to purple clustered fruit.


Flowers bloom in the spring (May), and fruit forms in the summer, ripening at the end of summer into the fall.


The fringe tree reaches heights of 12 – 20 feet and can grow as wide as 12 feet. Clusters of flowers are 4 – 6 inches long with individual flowers 1 inch long. Leaves are 4 – 8 inches long.


This Mississippi native is usually found in areas such as stream banks and moist woods.  

Planting Tips/Interesting Facts:

This plant needs moist (well-drained) soil and needs to be planted in full sun to part shade.

Flowers are fragrant and fruit attracts birds.

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