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Chionanthus virginicus

Fringe tree, Old man's beard

Scientific Name:

Chionanthus virginicus

Genus:

Chionanthus

Species Epithet:

virginicus

Common Name:

Fringe tree, Old man's beard

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Plant Family

Oleaceae (Olive Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry, mesic, or wet forests and woodlands, granitic flatrocks and domes, glades and barrens over various rocks (including granite, greenstone, etc.), swamp forests in the Coastal Plain, tidal swamps, rarely pocosins

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

Notes:

host plant for butterfly and moth larvae (caterpillars), including Rustic sphinx (Manduca rustica)

Full Grown Fringe Tree

At Lamtree Farm, May 2008

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Tom Harville

Landscaping Value

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In downtown Black Mountain

Leaves & Blooms

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU plant List


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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