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Chionanthus virginicus

Fringe tree

Chionanthus virginicus is a small native tree that is common throughout the southeast. It is found in a wide range of habitats- from dry rock outcrops to coastal plain swamps. Its showy and fragrant spring flowers make it widely cultivated. When growing as a specimen plant in a yard or rain garden, it does best in rich, well-drained soil in the full sun. However, Chionanthus virginicus also works well for restoration projects and can tolerate poor dry soils, as well as part-shade. Pollinators are drawn to the flowers, and the small fruits produced later in the year attract songbirds and small mammals.

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Plant type

  • Tree / Shrub

Mature Height

  • Up to 30'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FAC) Facultative


  • Bird Supportive
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Riparian Zone
  • Upland
  • Slope
  • Riparian Buffer

Classification by Use

  • Erosion Control
  • Rain Garden
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration
  • Street Tree