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Chionanthus

Fringe Tree

Chionanthus retusus (T-0008)

Each $18.75

AVAILABLE AUGUST 2019

<i>Chionanthus retusus</i>

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' 0" high x 15' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Chionanthus virginicus</i>

With ample, strap-shaped white blossoms held in fragrant long, fleecy panicles followed by egg-shaped blue fruit, the American Fringe Tree is one of the most beautiful of all North American trees. Found throughout the southeastern United States, this easily grown variable native brings elegant allure to any garden setting, especially near water, where its openly branching limbs and glossy green leaves can be reflected in the afternoon light. Grown as a small tree or multistemmed large shrub, Chionanthus is ideal for a lawn or intimate patio area, thriving in moist, well-drained acidic locations, though tolerant of other soil conditions. Grows slowly Large band.

Blooms June–mid-July

Size: 15' 0" high x 15' 0" – 20' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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View our Late July 2019 Newsletter here: Shades of yellow, Midsummer botanical delights, Saturday Strolls!

Shades of yellow!

Yellow has been associated with Nirvana, Aztecs, saints, harvest-time and even the path that Dorothy followed. Various shades of this color are reputed to enhance creativity and concentration as well as cheerfulness. There are so many yellows we can include in our garden, ranging from the palest hues through chartreuse to sunshine yellow, ochre, gold and copper. Whether the color is imbued in a plant’s foliage or flowers, it can be successfully married with white, pink, orange, blue and violet blossoms, while injecting an aura of ebullience and brightness, or an autumnal mood.

Midsummer botanical delights….

Basking in some long-awaited warmth and sunshine, our garden is unfurling a delightful tapestry of color, form and texture. While strolling through our display borders and nursery this week with my wee canine cohort Boobah, I was smitten with the plants that I photographed for this newsletter. We hope one or perhaps several of our selections will beguile you as well.

Happy digging and happy mid summer from all us Digging Dog Plant Wranglers! 

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