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Fringe Tree

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.
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Growth Type: 
Deciduous Tree
Color(s): 
White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
April 22, 2002 to May 13, 2002April 30, 2003 to May 13, 2003May 1, 2004 to May 14, 2004May 10, 2005 to May 27, 2005April 25, 2006 to May 19, 2006April 30, 2007 to May 15, 2007May 2, 2008 to May 15, 2008May 4, 2009 to May 29, 2009April 13, 2010 to May 10, 2010April 13, 2011 to May 18, 2011April 13, 2012 to May 16, 2012April 30, 2013 to May 23, 2013May 7, 2014 to May 23, 2014May 1, 2015 to May 22, 2015April 25, 2016 to May 14, 2016April 24, 2017 to May 18, 2017May 7, 2018 to May 24, 2018April 26, 2019

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