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The White Fringetree—Chionanthus virginicus—is fairly rare on campus. We only have a few on the residential mall. It is cold-hardy to -30 degrees, but won’t tolerate drought conditions. The fringetree is native to the Southeastern United States, and can grow to a height of 20 feet and a width of 20 feet. In late spring, it has lacy white flowers on panicles about 6 inches long. The leaves are 3 inches to 8 inches long and range from medium to dark green. In September, the fruit looks almost like blueberries, and in the fall, the foliage turns yellow. The fringetree prefers, moist, acidic, well-drained soils and tolerates full sun to moderate shade. If you’re planning on planting a woodland landscape, this is a good one to include.

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