Chinese Fringe 56

Scientific Name

Chionanthus retusus
Oleaceae

Characteristics

A beautiful multi-stemmed shrub to small tree, reaching heights of 25 feet, with exfoliating, gray-brown bark that comes off in strips. In mid-spring, erect clusters of fragrant, white flowers are quite showy. Female plants produce dark purple fruits in late summer. The dark green, leathery leaves turn a soft yellow in fall. Grows in full sun to part shade.