Chionanthus virginicus produces magnificent clusters of fringe-like blooms. Slow growing to 20-25’ high and 25’ wide. A native shrub found from Virginia south to Florida and west to Texas, inhabiting moist woodlands. An underused ornamental!
Chionanthus retusus (Chinese) Native to China, Korea and Japan. Most often seen in cultivation as a large, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub growing to 10-20’ tall with a rounded, wide-spreading form. It also may be grown as a small tree (multi-trunked or trained as a single trunk), ultimately reaching up to 30-40’ tall. Clusters of mildly fragrant, pure white flowers with fringe-like petals bloom in late spring to early summer. Bloom appears about 2-3 weeks before that of C. virginicus. Leaves turn yellow in fall. Exfoliating gray-brown bark is attractive in winter.