China Snow Fringe Tree

Chionanthus retusus 'china snow'
Mature Height: 15 to 20 ft.
Mature Spread: 20 to 25 ft.

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Regular price $44.99


Shipping Starts: October 30, 2024
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Chionanthus retusus 'china snow' is an excellent alternative to the native fringe tree it is easily grown, tolerant of urban settings, and requires little maintenance. It can tolerate full sun to part shade, and I can't understand why it doesn't get more use and remains a relatively fringe species in the world of landscape plants.

Fringe trees are beautiful trees, particularly in the late spring early summer when they become absolutely loaded with wispy fragrant white flowers giving it the appearance of clouds floating among the branches. In the early spring, they come to life as large nodes swell to reveal new bright green growth. As growth becomes established flowers follow for a period of weeks. Though the summer the tree practically takes care of itself, thriving in clay soil and conditions where other ornamental trees struggle. Near the end of summer the tree fruits with small blue berries, which are both ornamental and enjoyed by birds. The fall color is a subdued yellow that while not spectacular will still add beauty to a fall setting.

We love the fringe tree. Whether you do or don't have time for gardening this low maintenance tree is a great choice to bring beauty into your yard. It is so versatile with light requirements, soil and and air requirements that it works well as a small ornamental in spots where dogwood, service berry, or redbud struggle. Consider planting it in an area that you can enjoy its sweet fragrant flowers during bloom.

Even though it is tough, we recommend mulching the tree with 2-3 inches of mulch and replenishing it every year to improve soil quality. Apply 9-10 month slow release fertilizer as a top dress in the fall/early winter to provide the tree with all of the nutrients it needs to grow.

Bloom Color:Creamy white
Bloom Period:Late spring to early summer
Fall Color:Yellow
Foliage Color:Green
Genus & Species:Chionanthus retusus 'china snow'
Growth Rate:Medium
Mature Height:15 to 20 ft.
Mature Spread:20 to 25 ft.
Soil Type:Thrives in many soil types; including clay, but does best with well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
Sun Exposure:Full sun to part shade
Zone:5 to 9

General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
john Hamilton
Excellent Nursery

I have purchased several trees over the last few years from Travis and Emily. The quality of the trees has been exceptional (and I am Very picky about trees). Travis has offered excellent advice about trees for specific locations and degrees of sun/shade.

Debra B
Very pleased!

Tree came in beautiful shape, good root system. Was a great value for the size. Was the first time I ordered from this company and was a bit hesitant, but now will definitely order from this company again!

Cynthia Gaines

The tree was delivered promptly and in excellent condition.

Sylvia LC
Love my new tree!

Local nurseries didn’t have it, and it arrives well packaged, ready to plan and even had some branches and leaves- I was expecting a bare trunk. It looks great and the birds are already enjoying it. GREAT service every step of the way.

Ken Scott
Chinese Fringe tree

Fabulous already blooming. America needs to support this great, ethical family business.