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Chionanthus (Fringe Tree)
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Including Chionanthus retusus and Chionanthus virginicus


Fringe Tree

Chionanthus retusus  full sun
Chinese Fringe Tree
Chionanthus retusus

Named for its clustered, snow-white fleecy flowers, the broadly spreading Chinese Fringe Tree casts light shade with rounded leathery leaves. This deciduous Olive family member is a captivating, four season specimen displaying blue, egg-shaped summer fruit, warm yellow autumn foliage and peeling gray-brown bark in winter. Well sized for a lawn or small yard, it’s easily cultivated in moist, loamy soil. Grows slowly. Large Band.

Blooms June.

Size: 20' high x 15' wide; hardy to zone 5.


Chionanthus retusus (T-0008)
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Chionanthus virginicus  full sun  new plant
American Fringe Tree
Chionanthus virginicus

With ample cream-colored, lacy blossoms and blue, egg-shaped fruit, the American Fringe tree is one of the most beautiful of all North American trees. Native to the eastern United States, it appears quite elegant near water, where its openly branching limbs and glossy green leaves can be reflected in the afternoon light. Growing into small trees, or occasionally multistemmed large shrubs, Chionanthus are easy to cultivate in moist, loamy soil and are well sized for a lawn or small yard. Grows slowly.

Blooms late June-mid July

Size: 15' high x 20' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Chionanthus virginicus (T-0034)
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Give the Gift that keeps on Growing!


Digging Dog’s Holiday Collection

Stumped by what to gift those folks that already have enough "stuff"? How about going green and giving a living present?

This year’s seasonal, gift-quality offerings feature an eclectic array of horticultural treasures that promise a little something for everyone, sure to delight those gardeners on your gift list.

Our selection of grasses, perennials and shrubs can be showcased in diverse garden settings across the country. Most are easily cultivated, many oblige a wide variety of growing conditions and all of them are in some way outstanding. We wish you a happy holiday season!

Order a $50.00 minimum of plants to receive 10% off your purchase. Plus, we’ll wrap them in silver & tie them with a bow for FREE! 15% Discount on purchases of $100 or more for any plants listed on our website or available here at the nursery! 15% Discount on Gift Certificates of $100 or more. That’s $100 worth of plants for only $85! (Purchase one for yourself... cash it in on your Spring 2016 order!) For discounts, place code “Holiday 2015” in the Comment Box on the online order form; for gift-wrap, place code “Gift-wrap” in the Comment Box. Sale dates are November 20 thru December 20, with the last ship date being December 21st, 2015. If you wish to receive your order by Christmas: All orders must be received no later than Sunday, December 20 to be delivered by December 24!

Gift Certificates purchased at a discount are not redeemable towards discounted plants. Gift Certificates are non-refundable. In the event that a problem occurs with a discounted plant, please contact us immediately. If applicable, a credit memo or refund check will be issued.

Click here to view Digging Dog's Holiday 2015 Collection

Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

staff favorite plant

Our favorite plant this week: We love Cercidiphyllum japonicum for it's cozy array of fall colors, and it's divinely scented leaves. Perhaps Japan’s largest shade tree, normally multi- trunked Katsura manifests a gracious symmetry; trained to a single trunk it provides a narrower, almost columnar shape. Its dappled shade is a cordial host for Corylopsis. Grows moderately to rapidly.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

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