Fringe Tree

Chionanthus virginicus

[chionanthus_virginicus]

Henry Compton, Lord Bishop of London, appointed cleric and naturalist, John Bannister (1650-1692), to explore the flora of the Virginia colony in 1678. Among the many North American natives described by Bannister was the Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) or Old Man's Beard. In 1786, Thomas Jefferson, then living in France, wrote Philadelphia botanist John Bartram, Jr., for seeds of this showy, spring flowering tree to share with his Parisian friends. Its delicate, fragrant, white blossoms bloom in late spring and are followed by blue berries.

Growth Type: Deciduous Tree Color(s): White Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.010417,-78.453359

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 22 – May 132003: Apr 30 – May 132004: May 1 – May 142005: May 10 – May 272006: Apr 25 – May 192007: Apr 30 – May 152008: May 2 – May 152009: May 4 – May 292010: Apr 13 – May 102011: Apr 28 – Apr 282011: Apr 13 – May 182012: Apr 13 – May 162013: Apr 30 – May 232014: May 7 – May 23