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 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

CHIONANTHUS retusus

 
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  • Additional Features
    Berries
    These plants have berries.
    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.
    Ornamental bark
    Pests & Diseases
    None.
    Place of origin
    China, Taiwan.
  • Flower Shape
    Panicles
    Erect panicles 10-18cm (4-7in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • 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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