Chinese Fringe Tree

Chinese Fringe Tree

Chionanthus retusus

  • Easy to grow
  • Works well in any landscape
  • Blooms creamy white flowers in the spring
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The Chinese Fringe Tree is the perfect sized flowering tree for any landscape, especially when there is limited space. Native to China, Korea, and Japan, Chionanthus retusus (botanical name), features soft green leaves and pure-white, fringe-like blossom clusters that open in late spring or early summer. This Fringe tree is a fantastic accent for small yards. They are more wide than tall, so they are ideal for adding filtered shade to areas where a large tree cannot fit.

Flowering trees such as the Chinese Fringe flower tree are a beautiful addition to all kinds of landscapes. People love how easy they are to care for; they will have little to moderate watering needs once established. Plant the Fringe tree in a location with partial to full sun exposure. We recommend feeding it with a general-purpose fertilizer before new growth begins, and feel free to prune in winter.

We like to plant the Fringe tree in groups or as a single specimen near a patio, in a courtyard, or in any small or large yard. These are white flowering trees that look very beautiful when planted against a dark green, evergreen background so that the gorgeous blooms can pop. And, since it can tolerate urban pollution, it is an excellent tree for any city garden.

Did you know that in China, the young leaves of the Fringe tree are used as a substitute for tea? Some leaves are considered to be as fragrant as some of the best green teas!

Visit Moon Valley Nurseries today to see these naturally beautiful small trees for yourself. They have a slow growth rate, so buy as big as you can for an instant, beautiful landscape.

Every time a plant is watered, the soil should be thoroughly saturated to a depth of at least 2 to 3 feet and at least as wide as a tree well. Very slow and deep watering is always recommended. During periods of extreme heat, we advise at least 1 additional time per week of watering for all varieties. For periods of heavy rain (1/2” or more) adjust accordingly by possibly skipping a watering session for that time.



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I love my Fringe trees! I have two planted in my backyard and have been styling my backyard landscaping like a Japanese friendship garden. I enjoy the bright flowers and the beautiful shape!



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