Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Fringe-Tree
Chionanthus virginicus
Oleaceae

Leaves are simple, opposite, deciduous, elliptical, about 6 inches long and with smooth margins and prominent veins. Twigs are gray with lenticels, somewhat hairy, and with brown pointed terminal buds and raised sometimes sub-opposite semicircular leaf scars. Bark is gray to brown, grooved and scaly. Flowers are white in fringe-like, drooping clusters. Fruit is a blue-black drupe. Form is usually a shrub or small tree up to 9 m (30 ft) in height, found on a moist soils in the eastern and southern U.S. A popular ornamental because of the flowers which bloom even on seedlings.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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