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CHIONANTHUS retusus

Commonly known as Chinese fringe tree

Handsome tall medicinal shrub with snow white flowers in midsummer and damson-like fruits
Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - opposite, usually elliptic, glossy leaves 4-10cm (1½-4in) long. Leaves are green above, whitish, hairy beneath, turning yellow in autumn.
  • White
  • Height - 3m (10ft)
  • Spread - 3m (10ft)
  • Tall Shrub - or small tree. Peeling, or deeply furrowed, bark. Flowers are produced in erect panicles 10-18cm (4-7in) long and are so productive as to obscure the foliage. Birds eat the fruits.
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - introduced into UK by Robert Fortune in 1845. Translates as snow flowers. Some plants have male or female flowers only and may not fruit.
  • Medicinal properties - the root was used, historically, for fever relief and more recently in jaundice treatment.
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - China, Taiwan.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Suitable for small gardens - Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - lime tolerant.
  • Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading
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Chionanthus - Growing Guide
3m (10ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)
 

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