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Chinese Fringe Tree
Scientific Name: Chionanthus retusus Lindl. & Paxton
Family: Oleaceae
Chinese Fringe Tree (Chionanthus  retusus)
Chinese Fringe Tree at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in late May
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 2-9,14-24,28-34,39
USDA: 6-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, up to 20 feet tall (6 m); exfoliating bark; narrow elliptic to oblong, leathery, lustrous 2.8 to 8 inches long (7-20 cm), 1.6 to 4 inches wide (4-8 cm), turning bright yellow in the fall

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Propagation: Seeds in the fall, they might only germinate the second spring after planting

Blooming Habits:
Dioecious, bright white, fragrant flowers, 1 inch long (2.5 cm) with 4 thread-like petals. The Chinese Fringe Tree is covered with white flowers, in striking terminal panicles, in late spring.

Fruiting Habits:
Clusters of dark blue fruit, 0.5 to 1 inch in diameter (1.2-2.5 cm) on female trees.

Both male and female trees must be present for the female trees to produce seeds. The trees can take up to 10 years to produce flowers when grown from seeds.

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