Chionanthus virginicus

Also known as:

  • White Fringe Tree
  • Grancy Gray-beard
  • Old Man's Beard
  • Grancy Graybeard
  • Old-Man's-Beard
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Plant Type

tree, shrub

Zones

4a-9b

Size

H:12'-20'
W:12'-20'

Growing Conditions

Water Needs:

regular

Special Situation:

pollution tolerant

Sun Exposure:

sun, bright shade

Features

Flower Color:

white

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

birds

Fruit:

purple, black

Flower Season:

spring, summer

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Springfield, Oregon

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Williams, Oregon

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Merryville, Louisiana

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Bartlett, Tennessee

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Barboursville, Virginia

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32250 SE Compton Road Boring, Oregon

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10506 Broadacres Road Hubbard, Oregon

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503-982-2380

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Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Springfield, Oregon

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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90 Long Pond Rd Plymouth, Massachusetts

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(508) 746-0970

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Salem, Oregon

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Description by: Gossler Farms

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Springfield, Oregon

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This small tree has dark green foliage that doesn't appear until late April-May. As the foliage comes out the plant is smothered with small white flowers which look like cut silk. Visitors see our 15' tree and are captivated.

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Description by: Garden World

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Hubbard, Oregon

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This deciduous, large shrub blooms profusely when just 2-3'. Strappy white flowers in late spring are lightly fragrant. Bears small, stone-seed fruits that can be pickled similar to olives. Growth Rate medium<br/>

Description by: Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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Richmond, British Columbia

604-270-4133

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The fragrant white flowers of this unique shrub have long narrow petals. Borne in clusters of hundreds in spring, the flowers produce an amazing floral effect as if the branches were filled with thousands of airy feathers. Blue-black fruit follow. This spreading branches unfurl the shiny deep green elliptical leaves during flowering. A wonderful specimen for a shrub border.

Description by: Heritage Seedlings

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Salem, Oregon

503-585-9835

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Shiny dark green leaves and abundant, white, pleasantly fragrant flowers showcase this classy American native. Much hardier than C. retusus, it performs best in full sun and is remarkably versatile from moist lowlands to dry hillsides. Among the finest of all landscape plants.

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Bartlett, Tennessee

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An American native sometimes know as Grancy Gray-beard or Old-man's-beard. Grows as a large shrub or small tree and is well noted for abundunt fleecy white blooms and interesting growth habit. Grows to 6-10' in ten years. Matures at around 25' tall in the wild but is usually found at 12' to 20' in cultivation. Awards: Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Recommended by: Ohio Plant Selection Committee, & the United States National Arboretum.

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Merryville, Louisiana

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Large drooping panicles of fragrant fleecy-white flowers adorn this small, native tree in spring and are followed by clusters of tiny black olive-like fruit in summer and fall and are great for birds. The Grancy Graybeard is a tough and adaptable small deciduous tree that is an excellent understory tree, as a specimen, and in urban settings. It often gets yellow fall color in northern regions but may remain evergreen in mild winter climates.

Description by: Forestfarm

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Williams, Oregon

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The profuse lacy mist of fragrant, mop-like flowers on this large shr/sm tree is lovely in spring ; is followed by bright yellow f.c.; "there is no other shrub in the country quite like our fringe tree"VanDersal . S-PSh/M

Description by: Lazy S'S Farm Nursery

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Barboursville, Virginia

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Spreading deciduous shrub or sometimes small tree with glossy, dark green leaves to 8". FRAGRANT white flowers are borne in pendent panicles to 8" long in summer. Attractive specimen plants. Suitable for the shrub border. Likes long, hot summers! Pest & disease free. Our beautiful native loves our acid soil. Shown to best advantage against a dark or shaded background. Plants of Merit - Missouri Botanical Garden. If deer are a problem, probably wiser to go with Chionanthus retusus.

Description by: Greer Gardens Inc.

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Eugene, Oregon

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This tree makes a splendid ornamental specimen, slowly growing and spreading to 20' in cultivation. The fluffy, white flowers are borne in early June on loose panicles 6" long or even longer. The leaves turn a bright yellow late in the fall, staying on the tree well after other trees have lost their leaves. One of the last shrubs to produce leaves in the spring, but well worth it when the soft green appears and then the feathery flowers on a rounded crown.

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Panicles of narrow snow white flowers in summer that are pleasantly fragrant. Choice North American native 10' x 10' or more.

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