Chinese Fringe

Chionanthus retusus


This uncommon deciduous tree puts on a beautiful show of white, fringe-like flowers that cover the tree in the spring. Approximately half of the trees will turn out to be female, with small, non-staining fruit that may sprout in landscape areas. Chinese Fringe Trees grow best in well-drained soil.

Chinese Fringe Tree
Chinese Fringe Tree

Height: 15 to 25 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Growth Rate: moderate

Irrigation needed: medium water
Fall Color: none
Flowers:  white, fringe-like flowers
Seeds/Fruit: small (1/4- to ½-inch) non-staining fruit (female trees)

Planting Distances
Front of green utility box: 8 feet
Building, paving, swimming pool: 6 feet
Fence, underground utilities: 3 feet
OK to plant under high voltage lines

Chinese Fringe Flowers
Chinese Fringe Flowers